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Ground-breaking Ceremony at Larkhill

by Michael Ford last modified 28 Jun, 2017 10:35 AM

Children from St Michael’s CE Primary School Figheldean have participated in a turf cutting ceremony with the Bishop of Ramsbury. The occasion marks the start of work on an eagerly awaited new school at Larkhill.

The pupils were joined by local dignitaries, BBC Wiltshire and the Salisbury Journal, and helped the Bishop of Ramsbury with the ceremonial turf cutting.

Bishop Edward blessed the ground, saying: “This is a completely blank site and within a year it will be finished and it will be wonderful to have a Church of England school in the centre of this community.”

Nicky Phillips, Principal of St Michael’s School, said: “For any teacher, having a new classroom is wonderful – but having a new school is like being a kid in a sweetshop! The children who are with me here today represent the community of our school pupils and we are all very excited about our new, light and airy school.”

Class 2 pupil Henry agreed, as he viewed the building site for the first time. “It looks really big and I can’t believe how much space we’ll have.”

Isabelle from Class 4 said: “It’s very exciting and I am looking forward to having WIFI at the new school.”

The £6.9 million school will be a two storey building comprising four main areas, with a school hall, two class room blocks and a ‘school street’, along with support accommodation. The new building will accommodate up to 420 pupils and include a 60 place nursery. Pupils will relocate to the school in September 2018.

More than 400 homes are also being built near the new school, for military families rebasing from Germany.

Lieutenant Colonel David Penniall, Deputy Garrison Commander at Larkhill, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to work with this brand new primary school here in the Garrison, which will be up and running by the time our regiment and their families return in 2019.”

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.

Click here for the full story, photos and BBC Wiltshire interviews.

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