Demolition of Church High Junior School Begins, 20th April 2015

Tolent Construction were awarded the enabling works contract for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the three acre Church High site on Tankerville Terrace.  They arrived on site to start the work on March 9th 2015.

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Initial work included the addition of new drainage, tree preservation and preparation for the demolition of the former Junior School buildings to make way for the new, stand-alone three-storey building to be constructed within the Junior School grounds.

Tree preservation fencing in place throughout the site.
Tree preservation fencing in place throughout the site.

The actual demolition of the Junior School finally got underway on Monday 20th April 2015 beginning with the left-hand wing of the Junior building which housed the small Hall.  This was completed on Tuesday 21st April; rather amazingly, this stage of the demolition process was actually captured by the Google Maps cameras which were obviously in the process of updating their images of the area.

Google Maps images captured on 1st November 2015 clearly showing the first stage of the Junior School demolition being completed on the Church High site.
Google Maps images captured on 1st November 2015 clearly showing the first stage of the Junior School demolition being completed on the Church High site.

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By Wednesday 22nd when I went to take my own photographs of the work in progress, the demolition of the right-hand wing of the building, which housed the main Junior Hall, was already underway.

Day 3 of the Junior School demolition: the Junior Hall in the process of being dismantled.
Day 3 of the Junior School demolition: the Junior Hall in the process of being dismantled.

Mark from Tolent kindly allowed me access to the site so that I could record the process up-close and it was very moving to see artwork depicting the Church High School Badge still in place on the wall.

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The final stage of the demolition, the main classroom areas and the newest Science Wing had been completed by the end of the week.

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