A turf cutting ceremony will be held on Monday June 26th at Larkhill to mark the start of work on an eagerly awaited £6.9 million primary school.
Pupils from St Michael’s Church of England Primary School in nearby Figheldean, who will be relocating to the new school, will join the Right Rev Edward Condry, Bishop of Rambsury, Baroness Scott, Leader of Wiltshire County Council, Deputy Garrison Commander of Larkhill, Lt Col David Penniall MBE BEM RA and a representative of the Diocesan Education Board.
Morgan Sindall, the construction and infrastructure company, has been awarded the contract to build the new school which will accommodate up to 420 pupils and include a 60 place nursery.
The new school will be open by September 2018 ready for the rebasing of army families back to Larkhill. By 2020 Larkhill Garrison will be the third largest in the UK.
The school will be a two storey building with four main areas consisting of the school hall, two class room blocks and it will include a linked element of a ‘school street’ along with support accommodation. The project has been designed to a rating of BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Very Good, and will have a construction period of 58 weeks starting in summer 2017.
"This is such an exciting time: a new school of this size and calibre is a resource for the whole of our community, our partner schools and colleagues but, above all, it is the future for our children. Salisbury Plain Academies is delighted that the Bishop and so many guests have joined us to mark the beginning of that future,” said CEO of Salisbury Plain Academies, Helen Mathieson.
Jon Daines, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: "The start of a new project is an exciting time for all involved; as it marks the beginning of a journey. We at Morgan Sindall have completed a large number of projects across the education sector and our team understands how to work collaboratively with local communities to achieve great results. We are thrilled to begin this journey with the Academy and Wiltshire Council. Brick by brick, the new school will become a vital learning resource for families and children in Larkhill and we are looking forward to handing over the project in September 2018."