Interserve Group Limited, the international support services, construction and equipment group, has marked the commencement of work on the new Hampton Lakes Primary School of behalf of Peterborough City Council and the Department for Education with a special sod-cutting ceremony.
The £6.4m school will create a facility for 420 children living in Hampton East and the wider Hampton area of the city and will also accommodate 26 nursery places.
When: Wednesday 3 July at 11.30am
Where: Meeting at Hampton Gardens School, Hartland Avenue, Hampton Gardens, Peterborough PE7 8HR
What: Sod-cutting ceremony on the site of the new Hampton Lakes Primary School
To mark the occasion children have been invited to design a poster incorporating the new school logo, the best of which will be interred in a time capsule in September.
The new school, which is a major educational priority for Peterborough City Council with the city experiencing a significant population boom, will open in 2019 and operate from Hampton College Primary, pending completion of the new building which will be in operation from September 2020.
Councillor Lynne Ayres, cabinet member for children's services, education, skills and the university, said: “As the sixth fastest growing city in the country, the need to create extra school spaces is an urgent one and we are actively working to address this.
“We are committed to providing sufficient classroom spaces to ensure that the educational needs of children and young people in the city continues to be met.”
Helen Price, executive head teacher of Hampton Academies Trust, which is to run the new free school, said: “It is fantastic news that work has started on the new Hampton Lakes Primary School. We look forward to welcoming the first children in September 2019 and moving to the new building in September 2020."
Richard Scarrott, divisional director at Interserve Construction, said: “The new Hampton Lakes Primary School will provide much needed school places for the rapidly growing city of Peterborough and we are delighted to mark the start of work with this special sod-cutting ceremony.”