To celebrate the completion of the main structure of the new Ark
All Saints Academy in Southwark, Balfour Beatty invited students
and teachers to a topping out ceremony to mark this exciting
milestone in the construction programme.
The building is part of a £30 million scheme that involves the
demolition and construction of two new educational facilities and a
parish church on the site of the old St Michael and All Angels and
The new Ark All Saints Academy will comprise of a four storey
structure to include new teaching areas, library, lecture theatre
and administration facilities. A separate sports pavilion is being
constructed adjacent to the main school.
The Academy is the first of the three structures to reach this
momentous occasion. Balfour Beatty presented Lucy Frame, Principal
Designate with an engraved trowel to mark the occasion.
Lucy said "It takes a lot of people to build an outstanding
academy. I'd like to thank everyone involved so far for their
dedication, commitment and passion, which will help us make Ark All
Saints an outstanding academy. We are exceptionally fortunate that
we will have such a magnificent building and inspiring environment
in which to educate our pupils".
Councillor Dora Dixon Fyle, cabinet member for Children's
Services, said: "Southwark Council recognises that for schools to
give children the best education, they need up-to-date facilities
to meet the highest standards. As the new-look Ark All Saints is in
my own ward I am particularly excited to welcome this new design
which will enhance the area and I look forward to seeing the
finished school as it takes its place at the heart of our
Richard Tisdell, Operations Director for Balfour Beatty said "We
are delighted to be celebrating this key milestone and look forward
to delivering a new educational facility that will enhance learning
for many generations to come".
The scheme is being constructed as part of the Southwark Schools
for the Future programme and is due for completion in late summer