Ceremony as roof completed on Saltford school's £1.8m new building

Published on: 30 Mar 2017

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Pupils, staff and special guests have celebrated a significant milestone in the construction of a new £1.8 million classroom block at Saltford C of E Primary.

A “topping out” ceremony was held at the school on Friday, March 24, to mark the completion of the block’s roof, based on a Scandinavian tradition of placing a tree on top of a building to bring luck.

Visitors including Bath and North East Somerset Council chairman Alan Hale, local councillors and representatives of BBA Architects of Bath were given a tour of the building as work continues by representatives of construction company H Mealing and Sons of Bath.

Afterwards, members of the school council gave a presentation in which they thanked everyone involved and said they looked forward to being able to use the building from September.

Visitors also signed the final piece of the roof, which was then fixed in place.

The new block will replace a number of temporary buildings at the 420-place school which are now in a poor condition and features six classrooms, two of which will have bi-folding doors so they can be made into one larger room. 

The project is being overseen and funded by B&NES Council and aims to meet growing demand for school places in the area.

Headteacher Dawn Elliott has played a significant part in the design of the new block and the project also includes a new fenced sports pitch in a park next to the school, which has been created in negotiation with Saltford Parish Council and can be used by the community outside of school hours. 

The primary school is part of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust and WMAT chief executive Andrea Arlidge said: “This is an exciting occasion for us all. The new classrooms are much needed and will further enhance the quality of the learning environment in this wonderful school. Congratulations to the headteacher and governing body whose vision and determination have made this possible.”

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