The £15million new Gloucester Academy building is being built rapidly and the roof has now gone on
STAFF at Gloucester Academy are raising the roof about their £15million new building.
Work began on the Cotteswold Road site in July last year, and the progress on the new state-of-the-art academy has been rapid ever since.
The roof has now gone on, representing a significant milestone in the Kier Construction-led development, which should be completed in August.
Jim Stokes, operations manager at the academy, said: "The latest contractors' report confirms that the roof covering of the main building has been completed, and roof lights have been installed, making the site watertight.
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"Installation of the windows has now commenced, along with internal partitioning, and this is progressing well. Mechanical and electrical works are underway, and are currently slightly ahead of programme."
During the next month, masonry works will be continuing, along with the installation of timber cladding. Carpentry will also start, as will dry lining and plastering.
Developers Kier Construction have been holding regular tours for students and staff, who have all been wearing Wellington boots, high visibility vests and hard hats.
Mr Stokes added: "Members of staff from the academy are working with the architects to confirm internal colour schemes, and to decide on furniture specifications and room layouts.
"Students and staff are now looking forward to moving into the new building, and taking advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities, following the official handover date of August 15."
As well as the new build, they are also in the process of demolishing the old site there too.
Gloucester City Councillor Mary Smith (L, Matson and Robinswood) said: "I drive past the site every day and it has gone up really quickly.
She added: "I think it is going to be a great facility. Taking the students on tours is a fantastic idea, I'm sure they have learned a great deal."