The construction of a brand new school that was built in 12 weeks during the coronavirus lock is captured in remarkable time-lapse images.
Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Harlow, Essex was built by contractor Caledonian Modular on Tendring Road, who built most of the new school in a factory.
During the coronavirus pandemic operating according to government guidelines, 198 individual modules of the new school were shipped from the Midlands.
This allowed the school to rise in record time, complete with concrete floors and exterior cladding.
Sir Frederick Gibberd College in Harlow to be built in record 12 weeks after trucks delivered modules assembled by cranes
The first and second blocks of the school are connected by a third block on the Tendring Road plot, completing construction
The empty plot is quickly transformed as cranes stack modules that are built in a factory and delivered by trucks.
Aerial photos show diggers working in the center of the plot while a steel frame is being built for part of the school.
Construction teams continue to work through rainy weather while modules are added to the first block of the school.
Trucks deliver more modules as the second block is built, before being connected by a third block.
Aerial photos show the first building block of the school with a steel frame next to it
Diggers work in the middle of the plot because trucks supply more modules and cranes attach them to the block
Lucia Glynn, head of operations at BMAT, said, “It looks fantastic. In collaboration with the Education and Caledonian departments, we still have hope for our opening in 2021.
“We would like to thank everyone involved for continuing the difficult conditions.
“This has been identified as essential work by the government, which is why the Secretary of State for Education was given permission to continue working as safely as possible.
‘The new building we created is suitable for learning in the 21st century. It has been very interesting for us to look at the modules that were brought to the site as Lego and turned into a building. ‘
The modules are “modules that were brought to the site as Lego and turned into a building,” said Lucia Glynn, Head of BMAT Operations
Sir Frederick Gibberd College opened in temporary housing in September with its first cohort of year 7 students.
Lead teacher Dee Conlon said, “It was incredible to see the 2D plans that we had in real life for a year.
“We saw the process of making the units from start to finish and physically walked around our main reception, library and dining room.
“I kept imagining my kids in their navy blue and yellow uniform reading, playing and eating in those spaces. I could almost hear their banter and laughter.
The school will open in 2021 when BMAT partners with the Department of Education, with 500 new places in the academic sixth form
“Our families, children and employees can’t wait for the school to finish, not only because it will be a brand new shiny building, but because it will be our home; a safe place to learn, laugh and grow. ‘
The high school will move to the new building in 2021, when the new academic sixth form, with 500 seats, will also open.
In the meantime, Sir Frederick Gibberd students are working from a temporary building on the grounds of fellow BMAT school Burnt Mill Academy.
Work on rebuilding further accommodation in Burnt Mill to house the next cohort will begin shortly before September.
In a briefing to the country on Sunday evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson (pictured) said some schools will open early next month, with high schools offering “ some contact ” from June 15.
Barrie Newman, Caledonian Project Director, said, “Caledonian is thrilled to run this full turnkey program directly for the DfE to provide 1,700 urgent apprenticeships in Harlow.”
Schools in England will reopen on June 1 when the country disappears from the coronavirus lock.
In a briefing to the nation on Sunday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said some elementary schools will open early next month, with high schools offering “ some contact ” from June 15.