Construction of a new school at award-winning housebuilder Linden Homes’ Victory Fields development was kick-started by The Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown when he cut the very first turf.
The stunning collection of properties is being delivered near the Gloucestershire village of Upper Rissington, next door to the former base of the world famous Red Arrows air display team.
As well as a village shop, community centre and public house, the popular neighbourhood will include a new sister campus to the Ofsted-rated “excellent” Great Rissington Primary School down the road. Work on the new school site is expected to be finished in the spring of 2015.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown formally launched construction with a ceremonial cutting of the ground, joined by Linden Homes Thames Valley managing director Peter Carpinelli, technical director Peter Mason, and sales and marketing director, Steve Garton.
Mr Clifton-Brown said: ““I was delighted to be able to cut the first turf of the new Upper Rissington Primary School. Not only will this be an excellent facility in its own right, in a stunning location, it will also end the need to have to travel further afield as parents and children living in Upper Rissington will now have a school on their doorstep.
“During my visit I was able to see the rest of the development, which will provide high quality homes in addition to the school and a new village shop.
“The other bonus of this development is that all the existing houses in Upper Rissington now have a new water supply and a reliable sewerage system, so that all the problems that existed in the past should now be eliminated.
“I look forward to seeing the results of this development when it is completed.”
Peter Carpinelli added: “A new school is always a special moment for a family community like Victory Fields, so we were delighted that the headteacher, local MP and county councillor were all on hand to join us in cutting the first turf.
“The event gave us the chance to update everyone on the progress we’re making on delivering high quality homes, jobs and investment to the area, and how Victory Fields is meeting the promise of flourishing into a friendly new neighbourhood.”
Also there were headteacher Liz Bannister, Stow-on-the-Wold county councillor Nigel Moor, and Ben Ramsay, operations director from Kier, the construction company tasked by Linden Homes to build the school.
Liz Bannister is the highly respected headteacher of the original Great Rissington Primary School. She will oversee activities across the two sites, which are less than two miles apart.
Ben Ramsay from Kier said: “Victory Fields is in a beautiful location with superb homes and we’re very proud to have been chosen to provide a school that matches that quality.”
Buyers will particularly appreciate that a brand new Linden Homes property also means money and energy-saving features such as gas-fired condensing boilers and fitted UPVC double glazed windows.
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