Kier, a leading infrastructure services, buildings and developments & housing group held a topping out ceremony to celebrate the state-of-art Chertsey High School reaching a major milestone last week (Friday 15 February). The Mayor of Runnymede, Cllr Dolsie Clarke, the school’s Headteacher, Zelia Munnik and a number of school children attended the ceremony to mark the highest point of the new building.
Set to open in September, the new school will provide first-class facilities for 900 pupils aged 11-16 years old. Built on the former Runnymede Centre site the school is being funded by the Department of Education and overseen by The Bourne Education Trust.
The school has been carefully designed to inspire creativity and once complete, will comprise of 41 classrooms, as well as a multi-use games area, an external amphitheatre, a dance studio, sports hall, main hall and a dining hall, covering an area of 72,333ft2
Jonathan Payne, managing director for Kier Construction Thames Valley, said: “Working collaboratively with the school, its staff and other parties including The Bourne Education Trust, we are proud to be delivering this state-of-the-art school that has been designed to provide an environment that will allow pupils to thrive and fulfil their potential.
“We look forward to delivering this new school that will leave a lasting legacy for the people of Chertsey.”
Alex Russell, CEO of Bourne Education Trust said: “Everyone has been working so effectively together to deliver a fantastic school for the community. The partnerships between the Trust, Chertsey High School, Salesian School and Abbey Rangers Football Club underpin this whilst Kier has worked tirelessly to make sure that this will take place in world class facilities. We could not be more pleased.”
Zelia Munnik, Headteacher of Chertsey High School said: “We’ve been watching the progress of our new building day by day in anticipation and are delighted to have a reached such a key milestone in the project. We cannot wait to open the doors to our new building in September and are looking forward to the next part of this exciting journey”.
Work on site began in March 2018 and throughout the project, Kier has engaged with the school and local community, providing regular updates on the projects. The school has a Virtual World Plaque™ installed, an interactive marker that allows visitors and passers-by information about the project. The plaque was installed as part of the Shaping Your World™ campaign that aims to inspire 11-15-year-olds to consider careers in the built environment.