London,
13
October
2011
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Topping Out success for Hackney school’s new building

Four lucky students from Cardinal Pole Catholic School in Hackney were invited to join their Head Teacher to lay the final shovels of concrete to complete the framework of their new school building last week.

Mansell Construction Services, the contractors for the new school building, hosted the event at the site in Morning Lane, Hackney, on Friday 7 October, welcoming guests, including groups representing the School, the Architects, the Local Education Partner and Hackney Council, to the “topping out” ceremony to celebrate the completion of the building superstructure.

Designed by architects Jestico & Whiles, the new three-storey building will be completed in September 2012 when Cardinal Pole Catholic School will move from its two current sites at Victoria Park Road and Kenworthy Road to a brand new, modern, single campus as part of Phase 2 of Hackney’s Building Schools for the Future programme.

Councillor Rita Krishna Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We are transforming secondary schools in Hackney and continuing to raise education standards through well designed, multipurpose buildings with state-of-the-art facilities. The Councils £30m investment in Cardinal Pole’s new building will create a wonderful environment for young people to learn and thrive that will also benefit the whole community.”

The new school will have a number of special features including ICT suites, a sixth form area, indoor and outdoor learning spaces and a multi-use games facility. Central to the building is a two-storey high main entrance.

During Friday’s event, guests were taken on a tour of the school building that will accommodate 1,050 pupils and will achieve a “Very Good” BREEAM rating.

The students, Patricia, 12, and Mae, 13, from the lower school in Victoria Park, along with Shani and Kennedy, both 15, from the upper school in Kenworthy Road, were as excited as their Head Teacher to see the progress being made on the new school that they have all been involved with right from the design stage. They were also delighted to be included to lay concrete for the official topping out.

Cardinal Pole’s Head Teacher, Katherine Hartigan, said: “The topping out of Cardinal Pole’s new school represents an enormous achievement for all the team that have been working with us for the last two years, I would particularly like to thank; Hackney Council, MBE, Jestico & Whiles, Max Fordham and Mansell. Today is a major milestone in the history of Cardinal Pole and it is an honour to come here with both staff and pupils to celebrate this wonderful occasion.”

Student Shani said: “We’re looking forward to being able to mingle with the younger pupils in the new building. It already looks really good, and the bricks are a timeless design.”

Colin McArdle, Regional Managing Director, said: "Mansell is delighted to be delivering its second project under the BSF for Hackney. The topping out ceremony celebrates a halfway stage on this landmark building and we are proud to be involved in constructing a school which will add a positive contribution to the local community."