Stepps Primary School and Community Campus

Temporary closure of school building

Stepps primary school exterior

Update August 2020

Luddon Construction, the contractor undertaking the external drainage remedial works, are now in the process of backfilling any remaining open drainage lines around the bus turning area, in preparation for the start of new school term next week.

Workers will be on site over this weekend to replace the road surface that was removed to allow the external drainage lines to be installed.

Any outstanding works will be confined to the area around the Amphitheatre which weather permitting, will be concluded around the end of August.

The contractors' compound is located adjacent to the service road access gates. The footpath, which runs parallel to the library, will be closed off to ensure that users of the school facility are kept at a safe distance from the works.

All work areas will be carried out behind secure fencing and compliant with social distancing guidelines.

Should you have any concerns regarding the construction activities please contact: Luddon Construction - Head Office 0141 945 2233

Please note that until these works are concluded, there will be a reduction in the number of car park spaces available for visitors to the facility.

We would therefore encourage visitors to refrain from bring their cars on to the site during this time to ensure that traffic congestion within the school grounds is kept to a minimum.

Update July 2020

Work will start on the external drainage works week from Monday 13 July and is scheduled to be completed by the end of August.

Starting the work now will lessen the impact on the operation of the school when the new term commences.

The work will comprise two elements:

  1. Drainage pipework replacement activities across hard and soft landscaped areas at front of the building / vicinity of the amphitheatre. No internal drainage works are planned.
  2. The amphitheatre will be demolished and preparatory works progressed in readiness for the installation of modular units to provide additional teaching space. 

When the school term commences there will be a period of downtime to allow children to return to school in an uninterrupted environment. Any works required at this stage will be minor in nature and mainly confined to the amphitheatre area.    

As a result of the current COVID-19 restrictions, access in to the building at this point is limited therefore this is the ideal opportunity to undertake the external works.

Throughout this work there will be certain parking restrictions imposed on the school:

  • The overall number of parking spaces will be reduced.
  • Car parking next to the synthetic sports pitch will be the only area of available parking prior to the return of teaching staff.
  • Signage will be erected which will direct all visitors to areas of available car parking. There will be no vehicular access to any other areas of car parking or pick up/drop off with the exception of accessible parking, which will be relocated during the period of the works

Programme:

All works areas will be contained and carried out behind secure fencing and compliant with social distancing guidelines. The contractor's team will be in regular dialogue with the school but should you have any concerns please contact:

ENABLING WORKS CONTACT DETAILS - Luddon Construction - Head Office 0141 945 2233

Negotiations with TSNL are in the final stages regarding the drainage remediation works below the main school buildings.

Similar to the majority of construction related activities in Scotland, planning the remedial works during this period has been affected by the COVID-19 limitations on non-essential construction activities.

Once our discussions are concluded, the council will communicate the programme of work to school staff, parents and community users of the facility. 

At this stage the strategy remains relocating the Library and Community facilities to nearby premises in order to provide education capacity within the existing school thereby negating the risk of having to place children in alternative facilities.

A planning notice has recently been submitted by TSNL in respect of this proposal. You can find out further information on the council's planning portal, planning ref 20/000530/FUL.

If you have any questions please email: steppsprimary@northlan.gov.uk


Update April 2020

Essential repair works will take place to the drainage line below the junior wing of Stepps Primary School between Monday 27 April 2020 and Monday 11 May 2020.

The works are being carried out by contractors Luddon Construction Ltd, Moffat Group, James Strang ltd and Core Drilling Contractors Ltd on behalf of TSNL.

The work consists of diverting the junior wing toilet drainage across the playground to an alternative manhole.

This temporary solution will ease the pressure on the existing drainage infrastructure until such time as the permanent remedial works can be carried out.

The works should take approximately two weeks to complete with all excavations reinstated and made good during that period.


Update March 2020

Having considered various options to address the drainage issues beneath the school building we now have a preferred option that has been agreed between the council and TSNL.

Our main priority throughout this process has been to continue to deliver education on site and to avoid the need to find alternative accommodation for pupils and staff elsewhere.

We believe that the preferred option allows us to achieve this while safeguarding the safety and wellbeing of our children, staff and other users of the facility.

The preferred option is to connect single storey modular units - at the front of the building where the amphitheatre is - to the existing library area. All of this space would then be used for education purposes.

We appreciate that this would mean that existing users of these areas would be displaced therefore TSNL are currently exploring alternative local provision to accommodate these users.

The advantages of this plan include:

  • Retaining education delivery on site
  • Allowing the continued use of the entire gym hall
  • Allowing contractor access to the site from the playing fields at the rear of the building
  • Minimising risk from the service road
  • Minimises the number of school pupils impacted the works at any one time as remedial work will be undertaken in phases
  • Using single story modular units within the current school footprint

The disadvantages are:

  • Loss of external amphitheatre
  • Temporary loss of community space including the library - however these will hopefully be rehoused in another site nearby while the works are being carried out

There are still some technical details that need to be finalised however, once these have been addressed then we will provide full details and hold an information session for your questions to be answered.

We would anticipate holding this session at some point in April when the council's preferred option will be developed to a sufficient level of detail that will demonstrate a robust approach to carrying out the remediation works in a live school environment. This is our current timescales, however, given the current uncertainty with coronavirus, they may be subject to change.


Update February 2020

The council has been meeting with representatives from Transform Schools North Lanarkshire Ltd (TSNL), who own the building, to consider their proposals for remediation. Following these discussions, TSNL and their designers are updating their proposals. While we understand this may be frustrating, these are complex works and it is essential that the options considered meet both the requirement to resolve the drainage issue and the needs of the school community. We will provide a further update as soon as possible. We will continue to keep you updated once a new plan has been developed. Any specific concerns or enquiries should be directed through this contact email: SteppsPrimary2@northlan.gov.uk


Update January 2020

Following extensive site investigation works in December 2019, Transform Schools North Lanarkshire (TSNL) has informed us that extensive ground improvement works would be needed to accommodate temporary school units on the Hockey Fields.

This would result in considerable delays to our initial timetable and means the installation of the modular accommodation may be delayed until early 2021 and drainage remediation works with the existing school potentially pushing the completion date to early 2022.

The grounds investigation works also suggests that, if we were to pursue our original plan, the hockey fields may not be capable of being restored back to their original condition once the temporary accommodation has been removed.

Given these challenges, combined with ongoing drainage failures within the existing school, both TSNL and North Lanarkshire Council are looking at suitable alternative options.

We will continue to keep you updated once a new plan has been developed.

If you have any specific concerns or enquiries, please remember that you can contact email: SteppsPrimary2@northlan.gov.uk


 

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