A complete new school building for Stowmarket High School
Our time lapse camera caught this fantastic rainbow over the partly-constructed frame on 18th March 2019
Update - 15/05/2019
The project is on schedule and we are really pleased with progress.
The steel frame structure is completely in place, and now the full size and scale of the new building can be seen.
The pre-cast concrete flooring planks and stairs have now been installed across the whole structure, and the concrete ground floor slab to the first section has been poured, with the section section due to be poured this week.
Roofing works, insulation and parapet capping work to the first section are completed and these have started on the second section.
The installation of the steel frame system (SFS), which covers the outside of the building is progressing, and the installation of the insulation and vertical boards is underway.
The large foul-water pump chamber has now been installed and works have now started to excavate in preparation for the attenuation chamber. This is a large 'tank' which holds the rainwater, prior to slow release into the sewage system.
Work has now commenced on the base for the new electricity sub-station, and connections to this are planned to commence during the May holidays.
The large foul water pump chamber waiting whilst it's final location is excavated (in the foreground)
The SFS and board being installed on the outside of the structure (section 1)
The insulation being installed on the roof of section 1 (this was taken before the parapet detail was completed)
The grouted flooring planks (this is the first floor of section 1)
The poured ground floor slab - this is the activity studio, looking towards Design technology
The pre-cast stairs in the central atrium space
While the remaining section of the ground floor is being poured, and the external steel frame system is being installed on the outside of the building, internally works have started to set out the internal room partitions
Update - 12/03/2019
Works are progressing well and are on schedule.
The pre-cast floors have been dropped in place in the first section, and the steel frame which forms the second 'wing' of the new building is now going up. Drainage works have also taken place on the edge of the site, where the new drains link into the Anglian Water drains in Onehouse Road.
The steel frame in the second 'half' of the new building being installed
Drainage works connecting the new waste water to the existing main sewers in Onehouse Road
Precast floor beams are lowered into place by crane - this is the first floor, prior to the roof being dropped in
Update - 16/01/2019
After a short Christmas break, works restarted in earnest, and the steel frame started to arrive. Then the steel construction phase began and the frame quickly began to go up. This is a significant part of the program and very quickly starts to reveal the size and layout of the building..
Update - 21/12/2018
Works are progressing well and are on schedule. In time for the Christmas break, the groundworks are complete and the foundations are now in place, ready for the next key phase - the steel frame.
The steel 'frame' has been build off-site and will be start to be brought to the site when we return in January. These will then be erected in sections, and very quickly the shape of the main structure will start to be revealed.
Update - 10/12/2018
So after the first eight weeks of the new build process the project is progressing well.
The initial site set-up was started during October half term, and completed in the following few weeks (site perimeter fences, temporary services, contractor vehicle routes/parking, site offices/welfare facilities etc).
Very quickly, the groundwork teams were on site levelling and preparing the site for the drainage and foundations.
Next the steel reinforced concrete foundations were prepared and poured along with the underground drainage.
We are delighted to confirm that the we were granted full Planning Permission by Mid Suffolk District Council, for our new school buildings for Stowmarket High School, following our public & stakeholder consultation which took place on 8th May,
This follows on from our successful in our bid to replace the majority of our school buildings under the Government's 'Priority Schools Building Programme' (PSBP2), and we have been working closely with the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), the architects, contractors and design consultants to develop the plans for this exiting new development.
Work started on site during the October half term 2018, with phase one due to complete around Easter 2020, when we hope to be able to move into the new building. The second phase is the demolition of the existing building, followed by the landscaping of this area, which should be completed around the summer holidays 2020.
The works will involve constructing a three-story new school building on the current school field, which means that it's construction can take place with the minimum of disruption or risk to the students, teachers or visitors to the school. Once the construction phase is completed we will relocate the furniture, fittings and equipment into the new building, and then the majority of the existing buildings will be demolished. Again, with a clear separation between the two elements, the demolition (and subsequent landscaping), can take place with the minimum possible disruption to the day-to-day operation of the school and to the local community.
The current sixth-form block is to be retained as this is a more recent building, and the main entrance routes for vehicles, buses and pedestrians/cyclists will remain the same as currently.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the new school or the plans, please do not hesitate to contact Ian Lipman, Project Manager - firstname.lastname@example.org or 07715 961 422