Look at what’s been going on during lockdown!
The Builders have worked hard to create a splendid new learning space in what used to be an unusable outdoor courtyard …. great timing as we need more space than every with our catch up sessions now in full swing as well as the peri music staff back in school AND the learning bubbles.
We started with pre planning ideas through the Peak Park and the Council about 4 years ago and consultations with parents, governors, architects and of course we started talking about it with the PTFA.
Helped by a local retired architect the Governors and Mrs Gilbertson finally got the project off the ground in the late Autumn of 2019 and worked together to select a local Architect firm, Smith and Roper of Bakewell. Due to start in July Mrs Gilbertson and the architect battled against growing Covid restrictions to compile tender documents, hold on line meetings with the Premises Committee and select a builder, NSJ who assured us that they could make a start even with the restricted access through the side walk through.
Lockdown struck teh country and the team held their breathe as contractors were told to stay home and supplies for windows and cement ran low across the country……… We did manage to start on time and the constant trickle of vans and yellow hats have been working hard over the entire Summer break. All was going well until we found rotten lintels above the big old gable windows in Hedgehog class …….so work stopped for 2 weeks whilst a solution could be found – such bad timing as it meant the build was not ready for the start of term!
Its been noisy start of term as they tackled the un-foreseen issues, replacing them with steels and having to build supportive columns and as you see put through needles to hold up the gable end. It was hot and tricky but thanks to the skill and careful planning all went well.
Finally as September draws to a close we are almost ready to unveil our new space – this week its been very hectic with electricians, plumbers, plasterers and even parents starting to paint…….. Can you help to finish the decorating before the carpet arrives?
If you wish to donate towards this amazing learning space then you can! Use the QR code below to get to our fundraising page. OR in the next week we will have restarted our ‘Raise the roof’ campaign where you can buy a family or business musical note to join our wall of music – these range form £20 to £100 and are inscribed with the donators name.