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A topping out ceremony has taken place at the new Bingham Primary School in Nottinghamshire to mark the completion of the main roof structure.

The school, which will be sponsored by the Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T), will offer 210 places to local pupils and 26 nursery places and will largely serve the new housing development at Romans’ Quarter in the town.

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In attendance was Nottinghamshire County Councillor, Sam Smith, the newly appointed headteacher Gayle Ellis and director of governance and operations Daran Bland from the C.I.T, along with representatives from Arc Partnership and Morgan Sindall Construction.

Arc Partnership has designed the new school and is overseeing the construction through its delivery partner, Morgan Sindall Construction.

The one-storey 1,405 sq. ft school features seven classrooms, a multi-use games area (MUGA), playground and a new hall, which doubles up as a dining and indoor sports hall. Parents and staff will also benefit from a car park with 22 spaces including two disabled spaces.

The building will be highly self-efficient with air source heat pumps, high-efficiency lighting and two electric vehicle charging stations.

The structure of the school is now complete with windows fitted. Later this month attention turns to the completion of the roof, with internal partitions and walls set to follow, as well as the installation of flooring and mechanical features such as sprinklers.

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PHOTO: Celebrating the latest milestone L‑R Tomas Hunt – Senior Site Manager at Morgan Sindall, Aaron Beattie – Head of Major Projects at Arc Partnership, Rob Cant – Framework Director at Morgan Sindall, Cllr Sam Smith, Headteacher Gayle Ellis and Daran Bland – Director of Governance & Operations at Community Inclusive Trust (C.I.T).

So far, nearly half of the total project value has been spent with subcontractors within a 10-mile radius of the site. Morgan Sindall Construction has also facilitated two work experience placements and staff from C.I.T have attended site walks.

The new school has been designed to allow for future expansion if required, taking the total number of pupils up to 315.

The project coincides with the development of 1,050 homes in Bingham and will meet the needs of the expanding market town once complete in August 2022.

VIDEO: Drone footage showing how the school is taking shape, courtesy of Morgan Sindall Construction

This new Bingham School will provide a wonderful environmentally-friendly learning environment in a modern designed building. We are very proud it will be one of the county’s first carbon neutral schools.

Nottinghamshire County Councillor Sam Smith

Councillor Sam Smith, vice chairman of the Children Young People’s Committee, continued: This school, which will see its first intake in September 2022, has been built with expansion in mind, so as the number of houses in the area increase, the school can accommodate the extra pupil numbers and we’ll be working closely with Arc Partnership in the future.

I am pleased Bingham Primary School has a designated drop off and pick up zone, which will help alleviate local traffic congestion and provide safe access to the school. It also has a number of additional features worth celebrating including heat pumps, bird and bat boxes throughout the grounds and the sports field has been designed in line with Sport England specifications.”

Daran Bland, Director of Governance & Operations for C.I.T: It has been a hugely exciting and rewarding experience working with Nottinghamshire County Council, Arc Partnership and Morgan Sindall Construction on the Bingham Primary School project. The school and its facilities are looking terrific, and we are excited to be opening our doors soon to the Bingham community. The buildings eco-credentials are important to us as, aligning well to our aspiration to teach and encourage our pupils to become global citizens of the future.”

It was wonderful to see the building taking shape. It is going to be a wonderful facility. I am particularly looking forward to seeing it full of children learning and enjoying school.

Newly appointed Headteacher, Gayle Ellis

Aaron Beattie, Head of Major Projects and Regeneration at Arc Partnership, said: This project on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council allows us to utilise our wide-range of expertise to design and deliver this school in collaboration with our construction partner, Morgan Sindall, to provide this vital education facility for the growing Bingham community.

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We have marked another exciting milestone as we’ve completed the main structure. We look forward to continuing to work together as a collaborative partnership to bring this project to completion later this year.

Aaron Beattie, Head of Major Projects at Arc

Richard Fielding, Midlands area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, added: We want to thank the C.I.T, Nottinghamshire County Council and Arc Partnership for their collaboration on this exciting new development. The building is starting to take shape and we are looking forward to handing over the keys to the new school in August.

Once complete, Bingham Primary School will be an impressive addition to our portfolio of schools in the region and another development delivered in close partnership with both Arc Partnership and SCAPE.

Thanks to early-on engagement between ourselves and the client, works are progressing well and our local supply chain are working tirelessly to help deliver this project. As always, we’re avoiding disruption to the area as little as possible with material deliveries arranged during off-peak travel times.

Towns are growing across the country which is why the construction of new schools like Bingham Primary School are vital in keeping communities vibrant and providing exceptional educational facilities to inspire the next generation.’

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