THE transformation of Red Lodge passed another landmark this week when work began on a cutting edge primary school.
Pupils, teachers, governors and councillors gathered at the future site of St Christopher’s Primary School on Tuesday to see building work begin.
The new 315-place school takes centre stage in the village’s redevelopment and takes the baton from Tuddenham Primary School, which will close at the end of this year.
Kathryn McMurtary, head teacher, said the children were excited to see work on the new school beginning after they were given input into the new building’s designs.
“This is an exciting time for us and although we will be very sad to leave Tuddenham, it will enable us to continue to provide a challenging and varied curriculum in up-to-date facilities.
“The children are always excited to see the update reports and photographs of their new school and it has been important that they have had a say in the design,” she said.
Suffolk County Council says the new flexible building design can be adapted to teaching requirements and contains a number of shared activity areas.
Sustainable elements such as a biomass boiler and a reduction in artificial lighting are part of the designs.
Cllr Graham Newman, Suffolk’s portfolio holder for children, schools and young people’s services, said: “I am delighted to see work begin on the new primary school for the area.
“The ‘green’ credentials for this building speak for themselves and I am certain that the school will be come a real local hub and focal point for the community.”
Barnes Construction will be in charge of the project and Mark Bailey, divisional director, said it would be ‘full steam ahead’ for an autumn 2012 completion.
Cllr Lisa Chambers, Suffolk county councillor for Newmarket and Red Lodge, said the project was part of an exciting time for the village.
“There are some really great things to be optimistic about in the village at the moment.
“People are starting to see the benefits of some of the completed project and I think they are seeing that the change is worth it,” she said.