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Uxbridge primary school building gets underway

Hillingdon Council has turned the first turf for a new 710-pupil primary school at St Andrew's Park in Uxbridge.

New school ground breaking at St Andrew's Park

News release: 28 October 2013

Hillingdon mayor, Councillor Allan Kauffman and Leader Councillor Ray Puddifoot ceremonially broke the ground on the school site, which will accept its first pupils in September 2014.
Construction work has now commenced on the new school, which is a key part of the council's £150m leading edge school buildings programme and is delivering 6,500 extra primary school places for residents' children.
Also in attendance were education and children's services lead Councillor David Simmonds and Uxbridge North ward councillor, David Yarrow.
Cllr Simmonds, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for education and children's services said:  "The new school is a marvellous opportunity to provide a top quality education and for children in Hillingdon. The council is committed to ensuring the highest standards of education and the best possible start for all our children."
The school will have places for 630 in the main section and 45 in its nursery.  It will be built on 5.8 hectares at the former RAF Uxbridge site and its two storeys will overlook the playing fields, which nursery and Key Stage 1 children will be able to approach directly from their classroom.
Its eco-credentials include a green roof with solar lights supplying up to 20 per cent of the school's energy needs, aiding water absorption and encouraging wildlife.
Ground source pumps will extract heat from the ground to heat the building and rain water will be collected for on-site use.
Proposals to run the school have been submitted to the DfE which will make a decision in December. The council's preferred provider is the Elliot Foundation, a charitable academy trust specialising in primary schools.
Hillingdon is adding classrooms, rebuilding facilities and boosting school premises all over the borough as part of its development programme.
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