Topping out ceremony marks real progression at new Corby school site

(L-R) Bill Gardiner, Managing Director of Watson & Cox; Jenny Budd, Planning Manager (BeLa); Paula O'Brien (BeLa); Bob Tattar, COO of BeLa; Councillor Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council;Councillor Peter McEwan, Mayor of Corby; Ian Bray Partner at GSS; Sue Martin, Project Manager (Woodnewton Trust); Keith Bazeley, Construction Project Manager (Northamptonshire County Council); and Chris Stephenson, Head of Service Culture and Leisure (Corby Borough Council).
(L-R) Bill Gardiner, Managing Director of Watson & Cox; Jenny Budd, Planning Manager (BeLa); Paula O'Brien (BeLa); Bob Tattar, COO of BeLa; Councillor Tom Beattie, Leader of Corby Borough Council;Councillor Peter McEwan, Mayor of Corby; Ian Bray Partner at GSS; Sue Martin, Project Manager (Woodnewton Trust); Keith Bazeley, Construction Project Manager (Northamptonshire County Council); and Chris Stephenson, Head of Service Culture and Leisure (Corby Borough Council).

A new primary school in Corby held its topping out ceremony yesterday to mark the progress of the building work.

The site at Priors Hall Park, which will host a school and community centre, is set to be completed by the summer of 2016.

In building construction, topping out is a builder’s rite, traditionally held when the last beam or its equivalent is placed at the top of a structure during its assembly.

Guests at the event on Tuesday, November 3, included mayor of Corby Peter McEwan and council leader Tom Beattie.

The new two-form entry primary school will accommodate up to 420 children, and will be operated by the Woodnewton Academy Trust.

Partner Ian Bray said: “The topping out ceremony of the new primary school and community facility is an exciting milestone in its development, and is the point in the project when everyone involved can start to see the building taking shape.”

James Edwards, marketing director of Bela Partnership which is the developers of Priors Hall Park, said: “It’s an important milestone for us all, and everyone involved (our residents, build partners and stakeholders) are pleased to see the place grow day by day.

“The primary school and community centre represent a key deliverable in our investment into public realm at Priors Hall Park and, when complete next year, will add greatly to the fabric of the neighbourhood.”