We are excited to see that demolition at Ryde House is well under way now. This is due to be completed by April 2018 and then building of the new school can commence!
The Ryde House building is scheduled to start being demolished on 2 January 2018. All the planning conditions are with the Local Authority planning department and Lidl expect these to be signed off before this date. On 12 Dec, a local consultation was run by Lidl, informing local residents of the planned demolition where 30 of the attendees were comfortable with the plans.
The demolition is expected to take 12 weeks, with the contractor expected to start building works on site from Monday 9 April.
Keir are the appointed contractor for the build programme and the Trust and ESFA attended the kick-off meeting today, 13 December, where the plans were confirmed and outline timelines were agreed.
Hoardings will go up before Christmas and we are preparing a huge Deer Park banner for the site!
The programme is for a handover to the school at the end of August 2019 and while this remains possible, we are putting plans in place for there being inevitable minor delays that always occur to building programmes.
Temporary Facilities for September 2018
The Trust met with the ESFA and Local Authority recently to continue the discussions for the expansion to the temporary facilities for September 2018.
The ESFA has progressed the expansion into an area of the car park that is not utilised and we have outline plans for this expansion onto land mainly owned by the Local Authority. As previously mentioned, this will have two additional portacabins for September 2018.
There are challenges in the area, mainly with increasing the number of toilets and the lack of play space.
As you may be aware, our published admission number was to increase admissions in reception Sept 18 to 60 pupils. Having reviewed the temporary plans and the very tight handover for the new building, the Trust has decided that we will only take 30 children in September 2018. This will be from the admission point of Ryde House.
The planned capacity number in 2018/19 would be 120 now, which is lower than the previously planned 150 and much lower than the potential of 210 that could be in temporary facilities for a short period of time in September 2019.
This decision has not been taken lightly and was done so in consultation with the Local Authority and ESFA.
We are continuing discussions about how more play space can be added to the plans and the Local Authority have been hugely supportive in considering potential options for this. We would also like to thank the RACC and ESFA for supporting the schools development and expansion.
With the progress made over the past few weeks, we would like to invite parents to a meeting on 8 January 2018 at 3.30pm in school, to give more detail and the planned timeline for the new building.
Happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you in 2018!
This bulletin aims to keep all interested parties of the latest updates that have been provided to us from Lidl regarding the new school site at Ryde House. The Trust, along with the ESFA have been in regular correspondence with Lidl over the summer holidays to get the latest information and we are pleased to be able to give you another update, with progress continuing behind the scenes.
You will be aware that demolition at the site was planned for this July, however this has unfortunately fallen back due to the time it is taking for the planning conditions to be agreed. We are pleased to say that these have been agreed and we are waiting for the formal sign off from the local planning authority. All this needed to be agreed and in place before demolition can start and it has been a complicated process. Lidl are now in a position to move ahead swiftly with the next stages of conditions.
Following the finalising of the pre demolition conditions, the next stage of the process will be the start of demolition, which we expect to commence from November 2017, taking around 10 weeks. The demolition should therefore be finished around the beginning of February 2018, taking into account Christmas. With a clear site, and approval of the pre-commencement conditions, building work can then begin in the spring
Progress is being made and Lidl have been very helpful in keeping us updated on the progress of their negotiations and we expect these will be approved shortly. We can then start to see the building works begin!
September 2018 Arrangements
With the delay in the commencement of the demolition it has become readily apparent that the new school will not be ready for September 2018 and the move into the new school has been delayed by a year. As a result of this, the ESFA are looking at some further temporary accommodation to accommodate the new intake in September 2018 and whilst negotiations have yet to be concluded, they are at an advanced stage. The proposal is for two further mobile classrooms near to the current school buildings together with toilets. We will be able to provide further details once the negotiations have concluded
New classroom in dance studio
Lastly, we are very pleased that the work at our temporary site has been completed over the summer holidays, ready in time for the new school year. The old dance studio has been transformed into a fabulous classroom for year 2 and also provides a new space for mealtimes. This has freed up room in the original portakabin for our growing school.
In the meantime, watch this virtual reality video to see what the school site will look like.