Pupils and staff of Maghull High School joined Wates Construction and the Department for Education to celebrate the completion of the steel frame of their new two-storey school block on Gainsborough Avenue, Liverpool.
Year 7 students, along with the head boy and girl, Sonny Garside and Ayse Ozcan, were invited to sign a section of the steel and include letters they had written within the fabric of the building, leaving their mark on their new school.
The students were joined by the schools headteacher, Davina Aspinall and Chair of Governors, Geoff Howe for the ceremony, with representatives from Wates and the Department for Education also attending.
The event marked a major milestone in the progress of the project, which will include a new school hall, dining room, dedicated performing arts suite and two floors of cutting-edge classrooms.
At completion there will be more than 4,000 tonnes of concrete and 250 tonnes of steel, which in total is two fifths heavier than the Eiffel Tower. When laid out end to end the number of bricks used will stretch as far as 33km, three and a half times as tall as Mount Everest.
Paul Dodsworth, Managing Director, Wates Construction North, said:
Work has been progressing exceptionally well at Maghull High School and the team is on track to reach the completion date of spring 2019. It was fantastic to have the students and staff take part in the ceremony, as it not only marks a great achievement for the project but also the start of a brand new future for the school.
Geoff Howe, Chair of Governors at Maghull said:
We have waited a long time for this. The children so richly deserve to be taught in a modern state of the art building.
Headteacher, Davina Aspinall added:
This is a wonderful opportunity for all of our pupils, staff and the community. We hope it will reflect hopes and aspirations for the future and uplift experiences at Maghull High School for all.
The project is part of the DfEs Priority School Building Programme 2 (PSBP2) and is the first of three school rebuilds that Wates Construction will deliver across the North West.