Following the decision by Three Rivers District Council (TRDC) in December, to award planning permission for our new school, I will be writing a brief update on progress on a fortnightly basis. The primary aim is to keep you informed of what is taking place, before we all start to see actual progress on the site for ourselves.
We have received written confirmation from TRDC of their decision to award planning permission, together with a revised list of planning conditions. These conditions are generally either what are known as pre-commencement of works or pre-occupation conditions. This means we either have to meet them before we start building the school or before we occupy it and start educating pupils there in 2018. The team are working to achieve these and will have all the conditions finalised by the end of February.
On Tuesday, there was a design meeting attended by myself, the team working on behalf of the school and the contractors, Willmott Dixon Construction. In the meeting we were finalising the designs for the specialist teaching spaces such as Science, Design and Technology, Performing Arts and the Sports Hall, as well as the Dining Hall. The architect and the construction team are now going to ensure that all our requirements are captured, ready for the build team to turn into our classrooms later this year.
One of the most notable planning conditions we received was related to the external sports provision. Discussions regarding this are taking place between the Education Funding Agency and Sport England to ensure that the planning condition is met and we have the quality facilities we are expecting. I aim to provide more details regarding this in a future update.
That is all for now, but I hope that gives you a flavour of what has been happening and I will update you again in two weeks time.