Mountains of earth at the site of Marlborough's new primary school as work is well underway

Written by Tony Millett on .

St Mary's Infants School just visible beyond the mountains of earthSt Mary's Infants School just visible beyond the mountains of earthMarlborough St Mary's Primary School comes into existence in a few hours - on September 1.  If you look at their temporary website you will find a countdown to the amalgamation deadline when St Mary's Infants and St Peter's Juniors join to become one as Marlborough St Mary's.

 

A new and sparkling website will go live when the amalgamation is complete.  Joining the headteacher of the combined school, Mrs Anne Schwodler, and the staff for the start of the new school year will be the new school's deputy headteacher, Mrs Holford-Wright, who was appointed earlier in the summer.

The countdown to full amalgamationThe countdown to full amalgamationWork is well underway as the Van Diemens Land site is being prepared for the start of building work for the new primary school which is set to open its doors in almost exactly twelve months time.  Keir Construction's large earth moving equipment is busy levelling the site and putting in a sturdy retaining wall.

Although it may not appear from a quick glance over the site, there is a drop of between seven and eight metres from the south boundary to the north boundary. 

Preparing the site is involving the removal of many thousand cubic metres of earth - and as the area used to be allotments there is some very rich top-soil around.

Work underway on the retaining wall - at leftWork underway on the retaining wall - at left   A closer view as the retaining wall is built - with St Mary's Infant School buildings in the backgroundA closer view as the retaining wall is built - with St Mary's Infant School buildings in the background

The L-shaped design of the buildings has been angled by the architects to make the most of the site once the northern part has been levelled and has been protected by the retaining wall.

St Mary's Infant School is at the west end of the site and to keep interference with classes there to a minimum, a fence has been put up to prevent wandering eyes watching the big machinery at work.

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