Leader of Hillingdon Council, Councillor Ray Puddifoot and Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor Catherine Dann celebrated an important milestone in the council’s £150million school investment programme by laying the final bricks at Lake Farm Park Academy.
The new school will provide 630 much-needed school places for primary aged children in Hayes and will incorporate a 90 place nursery and 12 place special needs unit.
The Mayor, who officially started her charity appeal for her year of office on Wednesday (August 6), and the Leader were joined by Councillor David Simmonds, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s services as they thanked Farrans Construction Limited and McAdam Design for their help in ensuring the school will be ready to open its doors to pupils this September.
Located next to Lake Farm Country Park, the school has been designed with sustainability in mind and features an orchard, bat and bird boxes and a kitchen garden. New trees have also been planted at the school, which has been designed to blend in with the parkland.
Pupils and teachers will be encouraged to cycle to the school and take advantage of a 70 space cycle area and the parent drop off car park will also be available for visitors to the country park to use over the weekend.
The school also features a range of energy efficiency and water saving technologies to minimise its impact to the local environment and cut its carbon footprint.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Puddifoot said: "Our priority is to make sure that every child in Hillingdon receives the outstanding education they deserve and we are proud to be able to provide this to the children of Hayes in such a superb facility."