Peterborough school construction gathers pace

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Peterborough school construction gathers pace

Construction of a new Catholic primary school in the Hampton area of Peterborough is progressing at pace, with building installation work now under way. 

Work on the new St John Henry Newman Catholic Primary School and Nursery in Aqua Drive, Hampton Water, started last year with staff from Eco Modular Buildings (EMB) commencing ground works and preparing foundations.  

At the end of January, the first phase of installing 39 of the 109 modular sections that make up the school buildings got under way. The modules have already been constructed off-site at EMB’s Lean Manufacturing Facility in Hull before being transported to Hampton Water for installation. 

The modular delivery approach is the first of its kind for a Peterborough school and has many benefits including decreased waste, a reduced site period and reduced site traffic ensuring less disruption for local residents. 

The remaining building modules will be transported to the site over the coming weeks. The school is set to open in September, for nursery, reception, year 1 and 2 children in the first year.  The school will cater for 630 pupils when full and will be run by the Diocese of East Anglia.   

Simon Rawson, Eco Modular Buildings Ltd, Founder and CEO, said: “This is an exciting project which we have been working collaboratively with Peterborough City Council, the Diocese of East Anglia and the Department for Education over the course of 2020/21, it’s exciting to be moving into the installation phase and we very much look forward to handing over a  beautiful school ready for the first intake in September 2022. We’re certain the school will be enjoyed by young learners for many years to come.”  

Helen Bates from the Diocese of East Anglia Schools’ Team, said: “As the first brand new Catholic school to be built in the country for more than 10 years, this is an important and exciting project for Catholic education nationally and we are delighted to see construction progressing. St John Henry Newman will be a Catholic school serving its local community and we very much look forward to welcoming all children to our new school in September 2022”    

Councillor Lynne Ayres, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, education, skills and the university, said: “This is a unique project which ties in with the council’s bid to be Carbon neutral by 2030. We’re all looking forward to the school opening its doors this year.” 

Pictured are the first modular units in place at St John Henry Newman Primary School in Peterborough.