Local architecture and construction consultancy YMD Boon and Derwent Valley Construction have held a “topping out” ceremony to officially mark the completion of one part of a major extension to Thrussington Primary School in Leicestershire, which will double the size of the existing school.
Guests were escorted to the main door of the school where pupils, teachers and governors signed a timber roof brace before it was hoisted and positioned at the highest point of the building.
The ceremony celebrated the £700k extension, which is due to be completed in September. The extension will provide pupils and staff with three additional classrooms, a group space, new toilet and staff facilities, as well as considerable remodelling of the existing building.
The school, which currently has 75 students aged between five and 11, will be able to welcome a further 30 students once the works are complete.
Using its expertise in building information modelling (BIM), YMD Boon has undertaken full project management and design services on behalf of the school.
Shari Setayesh, director at YMD Boon, said: “We are now four months into the eight-month build programme of the extension and redevelopment of Thrussington Primary School and it was fantastic to welcome guests on site to celebrate our progress so far. We had a great turn-out with children, parents, staff and the some of the construction team involved in the ceremony.
“This project will provide a 21st century learning facilities for young people and social spaces for them to enjoy for years to come. We are proud to be a part of improving the learning environment for young people in Leicestershire and look forward to seeing the new spaces used and enjoyed by the children and staff”.
Darren Allsebrook, associate director of Derwent Valley Construction, added: “Our site team are delighted to be working on a project that will enrich the children’s day to day learning experience. We hope the staff too will enjoy their new facilities and the extra teaching space. Derwent Valley Construction congratulates both YMD Boon and the school on pursuing a forward-thinking policy that engages the whole community”.
Supported by the government’s EFA (Education Funding Agency), the expansion of Thrussington Primary School is part of the school’s growth strategy.
Other consultants on the project included Gleeds, CDM-A, HBa Consulting Engineers and Jackson Purdue Lever Construction.