This webpage page will be the main source of information about the build for everyone who is interested. We will update as and when there is any news and photographs.
Clearwater Drive Site
(Our Permanent Site)
Please have a look at the Elevation plan here: Clearwater plan elevation
You can find an artists impression here: Artist impression – front
14th October 2020
Our new school building is looking fantastic!
16th July 2020
7th May 2020
Work is progressing well at our new site this week:
• Construction of ground floor slab
• Installation of first floor and roof level concrete floor slabs
• Canopy foundations
• Rain water drainage
• Substructure waterproofing
24th April 2020
24th March 2020
The steel frame of the building is now complete:
This is the Multi-use games area ready for tarmac:
7th February 2020
The first two weeks on site have progressed well and we have now formed the main entrance to site and levelled the ground around the car park and new building. The traffic management along Clearwater drive can now be removed which will enable vehicles to pull in off the road more easily; a big thank you to all local road users for your understanding while these works took place.
Over the coming weeks work will commence on the concrete footings to the building and main drainage runs across the site. Ground levelling works will continue and our temporary site cabins will be installed and positioned at the front of the site.
On Friday 24th January we had our first visit from some of the Clearwater Primary Academy pupils and staff. Six children came along as part of the ground breaking ceremony and really enjoyed watching some of the construction activities, learning about the new building and taking the opportunity to sit in a digger.
16th January 2020
The new school construction commences on the 20th January 2020. On Monday expect to see the delivery of plant and machinery during the morning. One of the first operations will be to form the new entrance into site from Clearwater Drive. This work will involve the removal of the footpath which will need to be closed for approximately 2 weeks. Diversions and traffic management will be in place. Whilst we are completing the entrance the topsoil strip to the entire site will be taking place in preparation to commence the carpark and building foundations in the upcoming weeks.
15th January 2020
We have now been informed by Kier that works will start on the new school building on Monday 20th January. Kier will be providing a monthly update on the progress of the build which we will add to this site.
21st November 2019
The ecology work has now been completed on the site which means that building work will begin early in the new year.
The first task the contractors will undertake is to create a site entrance. This will enable vehicles to access the site and ensure vehicles, as far as possible are off the road.
6th November 2019
The licensed ecologist has confirmed that reptiles have now been translocated off of the site and into the retained nature area.
Starting on the 11th November 2019, the trees contained within the fenced off area will be pulled out carefully under the ecologists supervision. Branches will be used to make two hibernacula consisting of log piles in the retained nature area. These will serve as shelters for reptiles and other creatures over the winter months. The remainder of the trees will be chipped on site and then removed from site.
Following tree removal, the top layer of earth and vegetation will be carefully removed under the ecologists supervision to enable a final check for any remaining reptiles by the ecologist. Any reptiles found will be translocated to the retained area by the ecologist. It is anticipated that these works will be completed by 15th November 2019.
9th October 2019
We have received an update from the ESFA regarding progress on our permanent site. The ecology works are now nearing completion in line with statutory requirements. Final contractual arrangements are currently being made and ground works are likely to begin early in the new year. If we receive any changes to this from the ESFA we will update this page.
8th July 2019
Letter sent to all parents and prospective parents from Rachel Howie with an end of year update regarding the permanent site.
14th May 2019
We have been informed of a slight delay as we are awaiting the relevant pre commencement planning conditions to be discharged before commencing the temporary fencing.
30th April 2019
We have been advised by Kier, our builder, that due to some unforeseen circumstances we have had to postpone the start of the fencing works. It will now start on the 8th May 19.
This will not affect the programme timescales for the ecology mitigation works which can be successfully concluded prior to start on site.
23rd April 2019
Kier, our builder, have confirmed that
– the fencing works will begin on the 1st May 2019 for an approximate duration of 3 days
– ecology mitigation works will begin on the 7th May 2019 for a duration of 11 weeks.
The ecologist has helpfully provided the following information:
“A population of slow-worms was recorded during the protected species surveys of the site. Slow-worms are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 from killing or injury which could occur during construction without any mitigation. Therefore, to protect the slow-worms we are translocating them off the construction site using current best practice guidelines (Reptile Mitigation Guidelines, Natural England Technical Information Note 102), an approach approved by Gloucester City Council. This involves installing a reptile-proof fence around the site boundary and placing refugia on the ground. Slow-worms are cold-blooded, so they are attracted to refugia as they retain heat and provide good basking habitat. Every morning a suitably qualified and experienced ecologist will walk around the site collecting slow-worms and placing them in a cloth bag. After all the refugia have been checked, the age and sex of each captured slow-worm will be recorded, and they will be released in to suitable habitat north of the site.
The fence will remain intact for the duration of construction to prevent any slow-worms re-entering the site. The scheme has been designed to include replacement habitat for slow-worms on site including new wild areas within the school grounds and large hibernacula that would allow large numbers of slow-worms, as well as amphibians and small mammals, to reside throughout the year.”
1st April 2019
Following the permission to build from the planning inspector, here is an update on what will happen next.
Phase 1 – this will be the preparation of the site and this will begin in the next 2 or 3 weeks. The site will be fenced off by Heras fencing to enable the ecology mitigation work to be safely completed. A low reptile / ecology barrier will be placed inside the site to ensure that slow worms are translocated safely. Vegetation will be removed and an ecologist will oversee this with regard to any nesting.
Phase 2 – the build itself is due to commence on site in early summer. Once the start date is confirmed Kier (our builder) will communicate with the most local residents to keep them appropriately informed.
25th January 2019
The ESFA have advised that there will be some immediate work starting on the ecology of the site.
The building work is due to begin around June/July time.
11th January 2019
We are delighted to inform you that following the Public Inquiry, planning permission has been granted for Clearwater C of E Primary Academy to be built on the Clearwater Drive site.