Staff onsite at the Ponteland learning and leisure development in Northumberland, representing Kier, as well as Northumberland County Councillors, representatives of Active Northumberland, Ponteland Primary School, and Ponteland High School attended a ceremony marking the completion of the project’s steel frame structure.
The project was awarded to Kier at a cost of £43M and will include a 1,600 pupil secondary school, a 420 pupil primary school, a 52 place nursery, and a leisure centre featuring a six lane swimming pool, a spa, a gym, a soft play area, a clip ‘n’ climb activity centre, a library, and a café.
Work will continue on the project until its scheduled completion in the summer of 2020.
The Operations Director of Kier Regional Building North-East England, Phil McDowell stated: “We are delighted to be marking this major milestone in the delivery of these fantastic facilities for the community in Ponteland.
“We are working closely with our project partners to ensure these facilities open as planned in Summer 2020 and benefit the community and young people for years to come.”
The Northumberland County Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Wayne Daley added: “It was great to visit the site for this significant milestone in what is one of the largest developments ever delivered by Northumberland County Council.
“It will provide two fantastic new schools plus state-of-the-art leisure and community and sports facilities which I am sure the people from Ponteland and surrounding communities will love.
“The council is proud of what is one of its largest ever capital programmes with schemes to boost the county’s economy, improve education prospects for all and create new infrastructure for the future, with around £142M being spent on schools in a three-year period. “
The leisure charity Active Northumberland’s Chief Executive, Mark Tweedie concluded: “This iconic new facility is key to ensuring Active Northumberland achieves its new vision and strategy to transform leisure services to bring an increased focus on participation for all and to improve health and wellbeing.”
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