Work begins on college's new £1.6m science block
THE diggers have moved in to start work on a new £1.6million science block at Kingsbridge Community College.
The building will house six state-of-the-art science laboratories, a prep room and staff and student work space.
It was funded through the Government's Academies Capital Fund.
Principal Roger Pope said funding was only confirmed at the end of June, so the team from contractor Interserve Construction had made remarkable progress in being able to start on site in September with the building due for completion in March.
Mr Pope said the contractors are working with LHC Architects and Hills Project Management, which is the same team who built the sixth form and English centres at the college.
He said: "Results in science at the college were absolutely fabulous this summer, and this building will help inspire students to even greater heights.
"We were delighted to win a competitive bidding round to gain funding from the Academies Capital Fund and we have every confidence that our tried and tested team of contractors will give us an outstanding building on time."
The turf cutting ceremony was performed by Nicholas Carson and Emma Andrews, representing some of the youngest and oldest scientists at the College.
Nicholas is a keen and successful scientist who has just started Year 8, and Emma leaves this year to study Science at Oxford University.
Richard Ellis, South West director for Interserve Construction said: "We are delighted to have developed such a positive 'trusted partner' relationship with Kingsbridge Community College.
"Client satisfaction is extremely important to us and we are elated to be delivering this fourth phase of work for the College, taking our total value of work delivered for the College well in excess of £10million."