Ground breaking ceremony for new Red Lodge Primary School

Building work officially began today on the new St. Christopher’s Primary School in Red Lodge, Newmarket.

Staff, Governors and Pupils from Tuddenham Primary school over saw the ground breaking ceremony, eager to see work begin on their new school.


Some of the pupils also helped design the school by working with the architects to ensure that the building was truly built for purpose.


The new primary school within Red Lodge will replace the existing primary school in Tuddenham. The school is to be designed as a 315 place primary with the ability to expand to take an additional 105 places.


The flexible building design can be adapted to suit teaching requirements and shared activity areas allow the whole school to see what the rest of the school is doing when outside of the class room.


The school is also designed with a number of sustainable elements, such as a biomass boiler, using timber from sustainable forests and positioning the classrooms so they make the most of the natural sunlight- reducing lighting costs.


Councillor Graham Newman, Suffolk County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children, Schools and Young Peoples services said: “I am delighted to see work begin on the new primary school for the area. And for the pupils of the school to have been involved in the design is absolutely fantastic.


“The ‘green’ credentials for this building speak for themselves and I am certain that the school will become a real local hub and focal point for the community.”


Mark Bailey, divisional director of Barnes Construction, said: “It was great to welcome representatives from Suffolk County Council and the school onto the site today to officially mark the start works. It will be full steam ahead now for the building to be ready for occupation for the autumn term 2012.

“The new school building will be fantastic, and the fact that pupils have been involved in the design makes it extra special”.


Head teacher of Tuddenham Primary School, Kathryn McMurtary said: “This is an exciting time for us and although we will be very sad to leave Tuddenham, it will enable us to continue to provide a challenging and varied curriculum in up-to- date facilities.


“The children are always excited to see the update reports and photographs of their new school and it has been important that they have had a say in the design.”

By Jo Howard on November 4th, 2011

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