Leicestershire’s new £1 billion community at New Lubbesthorpe is beginning to shape with the area’s first primary school. A £7 million primary school has been completed on Tay Road, ahead of its official opening on 02 September when it will welcome 420 pupils.
This will be the first of three schools delivered under the new community project, which will ultimately comprise up to 5,000 new homes, further primary schools and a secondary school, community facilities and an employment park adjacent to the M1/M69.
Located to the west of Leicester, the site will also provide 325 acres of new parklands for local residents to enjoy.
The Drummond Estate is leading the project, with Clegg Construction appointed to deliver the new school along with GSS Architecture.
Peter Merry, CEO from the OWLS Academy Trust, who will run the new school, said: “The quality of provision for the children, their families and staff is excellent and we look forward to the fantastic opportunities that are afforded by such a wonderful new school. We now have beautiful, spacious and light classrooms, additional exciting learning spaces, food technology room, creative arts room, library, soft play, kitchen, garden area and outdoor spaces.
“Throughout the process of designing and building the school, it has been a pleasure to work in partnership with the Drummond Trustees and family, Leicestershire County Council and Blaby District Council, GSS architects, Cleggs construction and others to ensure that the project has been led by the needs of the children in the school and they have the high quality school they deserve.
“We look forward also to getting to know our local community in New Lubbesthorpe and hope they will be regular visitors at events in our school; we hope they will also become familiar with our children whose enhanced learning opportunities will take them out into the local neighbourhood.
“We will be celebrating and looking forward to beginning the exciting process of making memories in New Lubbesthorpe Primary School. We are most grateful to the Drummond family for such an opportunity.”