Work set to start on new Corby school

Work will start this month on a new school for Oakley Vale, Corby
Work will start this month on a new school for Oakley Vale, Corby

Construction work on a new Corby school, which was held up after the discovery of rare newts on the site, is to start this month (August).

Corby Primary Academy is being built in Butland Road on the Oakley Vale estate and will be ready for staff and pupils in September, 2014.

Work was delayed when great crested newts, which are protected under UK and European wildlife law, were discovered and were moved over a period of weeks under licence from Natural England.

Cllr Catherine Boardman, county council cabinet member for children and education, said: “I’m delighted that work can actually begin on site and I’m looking forward to this very important development taking shape.

“We are now towards the end of a long detailed process, which is necessary to get a project of this scale underway.

“A new primary school is very much needed in the Oakley Vale area of Corby to cater for the increase in population.”

The building has been designed by GSS Architecture and the development is being project-managed by Lend Lease. Construction work will be carried out by Heron Brothers.

Although the new building won’t be ready until next year, the academy itself, which will be run by the Greenwood Dale Foundation Trust, will open next month in temporary accommodation at the former Exeter Junior School in Corby.

Nikki Lamond, principal of the new school, said: “I am looking forward to the challenge of setting up this new academy and working with the trust, Northamptonshire County Council, our families and the local community to ensure that it becomes a centre of high achievement and enjoyment for all.”