Today the Konstruction Kids had their very first visit to see inside the new building. As you can see it is really coming along now and will be ready for September! The KKs are going to write about what they learned today and update you all next week. In the meantime, here are some photographs of our new school!
View From A Platform
Konstruction Kids View From a Platform
Upon our arrival at the Kier building site, Rhys escorted us to the viewing platform, where we looked at the progress of the new school. Whilst we were there, we waved at the (very befuddled) year 3 and Y5. We could see the entire school! Workmen were constructing the plumbing, while some were on the working on the roof, safely surrounded by scaffolding.
From up high we could see the shiny surface of the newly poured concrete, on top of the steel mesh. They told us that they put a waterproof lining between the mesh and the concrete to stop mold and damp. This will become the tiled and carpeted ground floor. Being that high up, some of us fell apprehensive, even experiencing a little vertigo.
Next, the group went back into the cabin and discussed the plan for the new build. We viewed a 3D model of the new school building, which was rather like Mine-craft. We even saw what the inside of the new school building would look like on the computer. We found out how much security parents would have to go through, in order to enter the school office, emphasising the high security in place for our children’s safety.
You’ll all be exited to know that the boss, Darran, told us that other classes will be able to visit the site, one by one, after the Christmas holidays.
If you would like to know any more information, feel free to ask one of us Konstruction Kids.
Super Sunderland Steel
Last week, the Konstruction kids, along with Vicky from Kier, went to a steel factory in Sunderland to find out how 159 tons of steel are being fabricated into beams and columns for our new school.
At Harry Marsh’s factory, a nice man, named Neil, showed us designs for the new school and we saw how different lots of steel will make-up the sections we can all see going up now.
Kevin (the minion) allowed each of us to add a column to the computer design for the new building.
“I’m not taking the responsibility if the school collapses,” Matthew exclaimed as he popped in another column.
After that, we inserted ear plugs before going onto the factory floor to see how the beams were being constructed.
A machine was placing holes into the steel for the metal bolts, which will bond the beams to the columns. We watched the steel beam being cut.
Soon after, we used a special type of chalk and wrote our names onto a massive column. This will be welded on permanently, at a temperature of 18000◦, and become part of the new school forever!
Matthew, Mario, McKenzie, Serena and Lily
The Konstruction Kids Adventure Begins …
Last Wednesday, the 12th of September, some of the konstruction kids (Lily, Katie, Cory, Alyssa and Mackenzie) walked to the site of the new school. As you know, building sites are dangerous places, so we went prepared: wearing safety hats, special glasses and safe gloves.
We learned that the builders had to dig the road to make it even so they could put down Tarmac and allow heavy equipment to drive onto the site. In preparation, the builders had to use sophisticated equipment to make sure that they didn’t hit the electric wires, because if they did, then the school electricity and that of the surrounding homes may turn off and there would be a power cut.
Massive gates prevent trespassers from entering the premises, whilst CCTV cameras monitor the site. On the site already are the office, the canteen and storage space.
So far, holes have been dug for the foundations and steel bolts the shape of upside down ice–cream cones have been concreted in to support the beams. At the minute, it seems that tons of cement has been transported and laid into the ground. In fact, Katie was surprised there was no signature Toner grass anywhere to be seen!
Next, they will erect the steel frame. They are planning to crane in a viewing platform, in order that children from our school can visit and view the whole area.
The next time we visit, we will inform you how the building is progressing.
The Konstruction Kids