A traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony marked reaching the highest point of the brand new building for Langley Park School for Boys in Beckenham on 25 May 2011.
Councillor Ernest Noad, Executive Councillor for the Children and Young People Portfolio completed the uppermost piece of the building's frame helped by Head Teacher Rob Northcott, Chair of Governors Charlie Grimble and Cliff Thomas from the Leadbitter Group which is constructing the building.
Councillor Noad said: "I am pleased that our support for this project will result in such an exciting development for the school and the local community. I know that Langley Park School for Boys will continue its excellent educational standards and consolidate its place as one of the highest achieving secondary schools in the country. In addition, with its new state of the art performance centre and sports facilities the buildings will be a real boost to members of the local community who will also be able to use the facilities."
Cliff Thomas, Regional Director of Leadbitter's Central Construction division, said: "Topping out is a significant milestone in the construction of this high quality school building. We are pleased that we can share this builder's tradition with the school, local councillors and the community to whom this building will give so much."
Once completed, the 27million landmark building will consist of two storey 'hub and cluster' classrooms in an arch formation along with a four court sports hall, an all weather pitch, rugby pitch, hard games courts and cricket nets. The main school will also include a 450 seat enhanced performance space which will be managed in partnership by the Council, school and Bromley Youth Music Trust.
Gillian Pearson, Director of Children and Young People's Services said: "We have always been proud of the achievements of our young people in Bromley's schools and we offer encouragement for all to reach their full potential. Langley Park School for Boys has a fine record of achievement and is rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted. We wish them well in their new surroundings."
Head Teacher, Rob Northcott said: "I'd like to thank everyone who has made this development possible from the support given by Councillors, Council officers, the board of Governors and the builders for making the past year as painless as possible, to students, parents and guardians for their patience while the work has been underway. We shall soon be able to reap the benefits of the marvellous building that is about to be completed and we look forward to enjoying it for many years to come."
The new school will be open for pupils from January 2012 with all associated works complete by February 2013.
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