Construction of a new all-through school in Bracknell Forest reached a significant milestone on Friday (16 June), when a topping out ceremony took place.
Topping out of the school, which has been officially named King's Academy Binfield, marked the completion of the building's superstructure and top level roof. This is the project's biggest milestone since ground-breaking last autumn.
Representatives from Bracknell Forest Council, King's Group Academy - the appointed education provider - and Mace all cemented the final piece on the building's terrace to complete the structure and collectively placed a tree on the terrace to celebrate the age old tradition of topping out.
The ceremony included the presentation of a commemorative trowel from Mace - the school's building contractor - to the borough's Mayor, Cllr Mrs Tina McKenzie-Boyle.
Dignitaries also had the opportunity to sign a 'scribble board' for the school - writing inspirational quotes and messages of good luck to future staff and pupils.
Speeches were made by the Mayor; Sir Roger Fry, chairman of King's Group Academies; Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning; and Terry Spraggett, Mace's director of public sector construction.
Cllr Mrs Tina McKenzie-Boyle, Mayor of Bracknell Forest, said:
I was honoured to take part in the topping out ceremony at King's Academy Binfield on Friday; the event marked a major milestone in the construction of our new all-through school.
Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said:
King's Academy Binfield will enable us to provide school places for more than 1,800 children in a modern and interactive building, giving them the best possible start to their education. Topping out marked a major step towards completion of the school, which is due to open in 2018.
Terry Spraggett, Mace’s director of public sector construction, said:
This is a big project milestone, and is testament to the very effective working relationship between the project team and the team at Bracknell Forest Council.
At Mace we’re always proud to work on projects where it’s clear we’ll be leaving a really positive legacy. This project is a great example – it’s a fantastic feeling to know that we’re helping ensure pupils and teachers in Bracknell have access to a world-class teaching and learning environment.
Sir Roger Fry, chairman of King's Group Academies, said:
I am delighted to witness the huge amount of interest that has been shown by parents in the local areas. Most of whom are already keen to secure a place for their children and keen to get involved in helping us shape Bracknell Forest’s new flagship academy. In fact, over 500 parents have now attended our 'meet the Principal' events and we have been delighted by the warm welcome we have received.
Friday marked another milestone on the journey towards opening in 2018 and it is a pleasure to witness and be part of something that we have been able to shape literally from the ground up.