All for a good cause

During the last week of term head teacher Dave willing sacrificed his hair for two good causes. Students and staff gathered in the school hall (the old tiny one) to witness the occasion. Half of the funds will go to the Ashmount School Appeal (raising money for all those extra things we’ll need within school) and the other half goes to CLIC  Sargent for children with cancer.

look - no hair!

look – no hair!

For anyone who likes the style being modelled by Dave, I am sure we can arrange another session to do the same again – any takers? – Contact the school office for further information or to make your appointment!

all for a good cause

all for a good cause


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Running late!

No, that’s not a comment on the status of the project, it’s a comment on my ability to keep up to date with posts on the progress of the new Ashmount School. The project is well on schedule, even slightly ahead. The pictures below are from the end of June.

School Entrance - insulation panels in place

School Entrance – insulation panels in place

This is a similar view to the last post, looking into the main entrance. The silver reflection is not the final finish! It is the insulation panels to keep the school warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

Floor (containing under floor heating pipes (being poured)

Floor (containing under floor heating pipes (being poured)

The floor is ‘poured’ (or rather ‘pumped’ from a cement mixer). The under-floor heating pipes are all buried in this – so there are no radiators on the walls. It would be interesting to know how many miles of pipe are buried in the floor.

Any one for a swim?

Any one for a swim?

The swimming pool still looks much the same as it has done for a while, but the work goes on and it wont be long before the students of Ashmount School are enjoying a dip in it.

Up on the roof - classroom windows

Up on the roof – classroom windows

Up on the roof things are pressing ahead. The picture above shows some of the final details. The windows pictures are the upper windows in the post 16 classrooms. All the classrooms have windows on bot sides to get lots of natural light in.


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Any one for a swim?

Things are moving along at a pace with lots of different contractors on site. The swimming pool has gone from being just a hole in the ground to the final formed shape with steps in place and some of the filtration system pipework connected.

The swimming pool takes shape

The swimming pool takes shape

The school will have two ‘court yards’. The front one will be visible when arriving through the main doors of the school into the reception area. There has been much discussion with architects and artists as to how the space will be used.

Main entrance to the school - note the courtyard beyond

Main entrance to the school – note the courtyard beyond

Walking around the school it’s now possible to see the different rooms beginning to take shape. The view below shows David and Mark viewing the new staffroom.

David & Mark view the new staffroom

David & Mark view the new staffroom

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Blue sky at last!

The sun was finally shining when I headed up to site with my camera to catch the mobile crane on site for the day. It was there to load half of the roof panels up onto the steel structure ready for the roofer to start the fitting process which will continue over the next few months.

Mobile crane in action

Mobile crane in action

The crane arrived, pushed out the four stabilisers shown in the picture below. The crane then ‘unfolded’ itself. The driver then became the operator as he climbed into the lift fitted on the side of the crane and then went up into the cab to begin his work.

Crane operators cab

Crane operators cab

The crane was able to reach across the full width of the school. Steel panels for just over half of the school where lifted into position ready for the roofers to commence their work. it’s a long process with the steel panels, insulation layer and final board all to be fitted over the entire area of the school.


Mobile crane in action lifting roof panels ready for fitting

Below can be seen the swimming pool, situated at the front of the school. The contractors responsible for all aspects of the pool begin next week. Note the ‘gluelam’ beams above the pool. These will be visible from the inside pool area.

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

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Another grey day

It’s been a while since I have managed to get on site to get some more pictures – but when I did, it was yet another grey day – I’m hoping for some blue sky next week when the mobile crane arrives for a day to load the roof panels up onto the roof.  All of the steel work is now up and over half of the slab sections are now in. Things are progressing well and even with the recent inclement weather the builders are managing to keep on schedule.

The pool steelwork. The deeper hole is where the pool will be. You can also see the 'Gluelam Beams' which will be visible from inside

The pool steelwork. The deeper hole is where the pool will be. You can also see the ‘Gluelam Beams’ which will be visible from inside

Some of the insulation panels are in place and the building is beginning to take shape. The view below is looking from the back of the site towards the Food Tec and Art & Design areas. Once everything is complete no one should be driving into Art & design in a yellow dumper truck as is happening below!

View of' Food Tec' and 'Art & Design' at the back of the school

View of ‘Food Tec’ and ‘Art &Design’ at the back of the school

The view below is again from the back of the site along the primary side of the school. it’s possible to see the foot print of the class room ‘pods’ – an area of each classroom with a lower roof above (supported on the horizontal steel attached half way up the verticals)

Vie down primary side. Note the classroom 'pods'

Vie down primary side. Note the classroom ‘pods’

There’s a small strip of land which will be left in it’s natural habitat to enable the badgers to pass by the school without interruption – and even while the building is going on this is kept clear for them!

Happy badgers!

Keeping the badgers happy.

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Hand me another bolt

Week 16 saw the beginning of the steelwork rising out of the ground. It all seems like a gigantic Meccano set (for those of you who remember them), with the steelwork arriving, the crane lifting and the workman fixing and bolting it all together – and hopefully someone following the instructions carefully too!


Bolting together sections of steelwork over the staffroom

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The two ‘buckets’ are sitting in the (not yet dug out) swimming pool.


This looks like a bit of fun!

The main service pipes are now in from the main entrance up by the road all the through to the site. The yellow pipe is for gas and two blue ones for water – one is ‘metered’ for all the water we use, the other, an ‘unmetered’ one for the fire sprinkler system which will be fed from it’s own separate underground tank close to the school building.


Service pipes – yellow for gas and blue for water (metered and unmetered)


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Week 14, 51 to go.

It’s hard to believe that we are over 20% through the building programme, but we are and there is less than a year to go to completion. Earlier this afternoon, on another bitterly cold day the three Davids (head, deputy and governor) made a site visit to see the progress. We had our usual site instructions from Mark before heading off around the site. On site, Dave was able to stand on the spot where his new office will be and take in the view. (click photos for larger view)


Mark gives us our safety instructions.
(I’m not sure what the actions are for!)


A meeting in the headmasters office?


Final levelling of the car-park


Everything is ready for the steelwork construction to begin


View to the back of the site
and theodolite for making measurements

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