Head teacher tops out new teaching block at Sybil Andrews academy

The Head Teacher of Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds has taken part in a topping out ceremony to mark a milestone in the construction process for two new teaching blocks.

The same construction team that built Sybil Andrews Academy in 2016 has returned to build at the high school based on the Moreton Hall estate.

Barnes Construction is the main contractor for the scheme which will provide additional classrooms, staff rooms and break-out areas for the school. The contract also incorporates an expansion to the previously completed external sports facilities to include an additional MUGA area.

Concertus Design & Property Consultants is again project managing the build on behalf of the client, Suffolk County Council, as well as providing a multi-disciplinary design service which includes architecture, interior and landscape, structural engineering and building services.

Pictured is Head Teacher for the Academy, Trenica King, with Gary Knight, Associate Director at Concertus and Mark Bailey, Director at Barnes Construction, on the roof of the first teaching block.

Trenica King is excited to see construction reaching a milestone stage: “It is very exciting to watch the new teaching blocks take shape as we prepare to welcome more young students to the school.”

Mark Bailey commented: “It is great to be back helping the academy further expand their facilities. Work is progressing well and the team is working hard to ensure that the first block is up and ready by September.”

Gary Knight added: “We are delighted to be celebrating this milestone at Sybil Andrews Academy, the team’s collaborative working goes hand in hand with the project’s success to date. A big thank you to everyone for their hard work so far.”

Now the roof is complete, and the building is watertight, work will start in earnest on the internal aspects of the first block. Then, when finished in the Summer, the team will move onto to start construction of the second teaching block which is due to be completed in Spring 2020.