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tonnes of topsoil moved to be re-used
posts and panels for site security fence
plywood sheets for hoarding between site and school playground

Progress so far

We are pleased to inform you that we have started on site at the new Broadacre Primary School. The first weeks were all about securing the site and we have done that with a mixture of metal mesh fencing with timber posts and timber hoarding. We have painted the hoarding blue to give the school a 'blank canvas' so they can create their own artwork and fix it to the boards. We have cut some holes for viewing so progress on site can be monitored by those who will be benefitting from it.

We have also started clearing the site. This has been no mean feat as there has been hundreds of tonnes of topsoil to move as well as the solid clay beneath. The good news is the majority of that soil will be re-used to form the sports pitches. We have started on the car parks and this will double up as an access road to give us access on to the building footprint. Once we have dug down to the designed depth for the car parks, the area then gets covered by a 'capping layer' of stone and a 'sub-base' of finer stone is added prior to the tarmac being placed.

The weather has been very challenging so far and we have had to deal with lots of surface water and on the days it has been clear the ground has been frozen solid. This has not affected the progress of the building so far-hopefully Spring is only round the corner!

Over the next two weeks

We will be continuing to excavate the building footprint and bringing in more stone.

Drainage works to the car park will commence.

We will begin the foundation works for our site cabins and erecting our site cabin/office set up.

Meet the team...

Martin Standley
Project Manager

How long have you been part of Sewell?
I started work at Sewell in 1985 as an apprentice bricklayer and stayed for 4 years. Then left until 1994 and have stayed ever since so the best part of my working life has been with Sewell.
What do you think about the project?
The project is very exciting, it will look fabulous when it is completed. For me it is more than just a building. This fantastic facility will give some of the young people in our city the best start in life and with the Autistic Spectrum Condition being incorporated the build, this will really make a difference to young people's lives.

Where are you from?
I was born in Withernsea and lived ther for 27 years before moving to Hull. I now live in Beverley.

What do you like to do outside of work?
In my spare time I love to be out with either my camera photographing wildlife or on the beach with my sea fishing gear. I also love to spend time in the garden and being with my family.