Newark's newest school building Christ Church Church of England Primary School welcomes first pupils
Newark’s newest primary school building Christ Church Church of England Primary School has opened its doors to its first pupils.
The state-of-the-art school building is the latest piece of infrastructure completed by master developer Urban&Civic to support the growing community of Middlebeck.
The school replaces the former Christ Church Infants’ School on Victoria Street, Newark, and in its first intake will welcome pupils from nursery up to year four.
Following 12 months of ongoing construction — led by Urban&Civic and construction firm Lindum Group, in partnership with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham — phase one of the school features seven classrooms, a large nursery, an open-plan library, sports hall and dining hall.
The new building provides extensive indoor and outdoor spaces that were not available on the old site, including comprehensive sports provision, community access and a place of worship for the local congregation.
The school’s head Alison Richardson said: “It has been an extremely exciting week for the school community, and welcoming the children to their new school has been an absolute privilege.
“Staff and governors have worked very hard to make the new school ready for the start of term and we are all looking forward to seeing the children flourish in their new school surroundings.”
Mike van den Berg, senior development manager for Urban&Civic, said: “This milestone for the Middlebeck development holds great significance as it follows over 12 months of ongoing construction work, despite the pandemic and the challenges this inevitably bought with it.
“To see the vision we had for the school come to fruition and those first pupils step foot over the threshold is wonderful.
“This fantastic new building will provide a safe and secure environment for its pupils to flourish, within an ever-growing neighbourhood.”
Nigel Frith, from the diocese, said: “The strong Christian ethos and values that shone in Christ Church Infants’ School will thrive here. I have every confidence it will be both an amazing school and a real centre for the community.
“We’ve worked closely with the Headteacher Alison Richardson, Urban&Civic and Nottinghamshire County Council to deliver this project. We will continue to work alongside all parties to nurture this incredible new provision for the community and, at heart, its pupils.”
Lindum construction manager Mark Robertson said: “It’s a fantastic facility that raises the bar in terms of design and specification.
“Construction began just after the covid outbreak, which posed a number of unique challenges.
“It became very difficult to procure materials and labour supply was threatened. At our peak, we had up to 60 people working on site each day so infections and isolation had the potential to really impact our progress.
“Thankfully, our working practices and strict site hygiene meant we were able to hit our deadline and handover the building in time for the new term.”
Formerly known as Land South of Newark, Middlebeck is a 694-acre urban extension on the southern edge of the town which is currently home to over 180 families, an independent café Gannets Middlebeck and a host of green spaces and waterways.
When complete the neighbourhood will be home to a community of 3,150 homes.