A complete new school building for Stowmarket High School

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. 

 steel phase2

The steel frame in the second 'half' of the new building being installed

 

drains

Drainage works connecting the new waste water to the existing main sewers in Onehouse Road  

 

floor slabs

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..

steel website

Steel works arrive on site and await to be fixed in place

frame1 web

The steel framework starts to be connected together. This is done in two phases with the Northern section completed first, to be followed by the Southern section

frame large web

 


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.

ready for steel

The site groundworks are now complete and ready to accept the steel framework to arrive on site, and to begin to be erected

foundations

The foundations are now all poured and ready to receive the steel supporting structure

 

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.   

 

Setting up the site boundary

Setting up of the perimeter fencing to ensure safe segregation of the construction site and operation school

Temporary accomodation and site setup

The temporary accommodation can be seen in the distance, with the road/work area for construction vehicles in the foreground

 

Top soil stripped and saved for later use

The top soil was stripped and is saved for later use. It will be used to form new grass areas once the existing buildings are demolished

Steel reinforced cages, filled with concrete

Steel reinforced 'cages' are constructed on site, and filled with concrete, to form the foundations and base on which the steel frame will sit


 

Introduction

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.

 

Project programming

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.

 

Site layout

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.  

design proposal dining

The double-aspect dining area, overlooking the school playing fields

design proposal arial view

Arial view showing the new building and main pathways

 


 

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 - ianl@stowmarkethigh.suffolk.sch.uk or 07715 961 422