St John’s Marlborough today, July 26, celebrated with a ‘turf-cutting’ ceremony, the beginning of an eight-month construction project to build the school’s new sports facilities .
The developer, Collinson Construction, invited the Mayor of Marlborough and key individuals involved in the development to mark the commencement of the initial groundwork. The project will provide a range of high specification indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including a four-court sports hall, two external multi-use courts and landscaped areas for student recreation.
St John’s Principal, Ian Tucker, and key members of the project team, were joined on the construction site by the Mayor of Marlborough, Mark Cooper, St John’s Chair of Governors Caroline Thomas and The Chair of the St John’s Foundation Trust, Steve Tapper.
Martin Cook, Logistics Director at St John’s, explained why the development is needed:
“These new facilities will meet the requirement of an increased student population by providing additional teaching space, including an all season covered sports area, changing rooms and an outdoor sports area that, being hard surface, can be used all year round. The welfare and well-being of our students will be significantly enhanced by providing purpose designed relaxation areas for socialising.”
St John’s Principal, Ian Tucker, has been heavily involved in the design and planning of the project. He said, “These new facilities will provide exciting opportunities for our students, enabling them to fully participate in sport and other activities all year round, regardless of the weather. This is a high-quality development which also improves the range of options that are available for use by the wider community in Marlborough. I am looking forward to being able to open these facilities next year, and to further improving the quality of education we offer our students, as well as the wider local community.”
The development will be used by students, staff and the community and is intended to be completed in March 2022.
Robert Duxbury, Managing Director at Collinson Construction, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be partnering with St John’s and using our traditional building expertise to deliver this state-of-the-art sports facility for the school. We are looking forward to bringing the project to life alongside our partners Edmond Shipway and NVB Architects. The new sports facilities will not only help the school meet its vision of encouraging students to have ambition to be successful through opportunities in sport, but will benefit the local community too.”