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Summer construction works at FCC

Tuesday 18th July 2017

Whilst the pupils are home enjoying the summer sunshine and having a well-earned rest from studies, several teams of contractors will be hard at work at the College carrying out essential repair and maintenance works and providing additional teaching space for our expanding school.  This letter highlights the works and explains any impact there may be.  Whilst we endeavour to keep any impact to a minimum, the scale and scope of the works mean that there will be some temporary restrictions which have the potential to impact on current use of the College site. 

In the autumn of last year the College applied to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) for funding to undertake improvement projects across the College. The bids submitted, for Condition Improvement Funding, were in connection with building repairs deemed to be necessary in maintaining a healthy and safe learning environment across key school buildings. 


We are pleased to advise that the applications made were successful and the ESFA have committed to funding two key projects, namely the roof renewal of the DT block, and the replacement and upgrade of all windows to the Maths block.


The works are due to commence on Monday 24th July, the first week of the summer holiday period, and be delivered by our contractor Wensley Group following a tender process undertaken in May this year. Work on the Maths block is due to be completed by 1st September, with the roofing works to the DT block due to be complete on 10th November. These dates are subject to weather conditions over the course of the programme.


Whilst both buildings will remain operational for the duration of the works with no impact to the school’s curriculum or use of the buildings, all measures will be taken to protect and safeguard our pupils, staff and visitors to the College. This will be achieved through planned protection measures together with adopting revised pedestrian routes around key circulation areas to the DT block. These systems will be monitored and managed throughout the duration of the programme. Wensley Group and their subcontractors will use a segregated area within the main car park adjacent to the DT block for their welfare and storage and will utilise the main vehicle entrance off Fernham Road for deliveries and contractor access. The Contractors general working hours will be from 7:30am to 5:00pm Mondays to Fridays. This project will impact on parking space in the college, with 20 spaces taken for a contractors’ compound. Parking, which is already at a premium, will be much more difficult than usual. Staff have been requested to car share and those staff living in Faringdon to walk or cycle in. If parents could drop their children off in Marlborough Gardens or Folly View Road it would also ease congestion around the school site and would be appreciated.


You are no doubt aware that Faringdon Community College is currently over capacity, which is why we currently have a planning application submitted for a new 3 storey building with 24 classrooms on the site.  However, we already need more teaching space to be able to accommodate some of the additional pupils arriving in September.  To this end, Keir will be installing a temporary double classroom during the summer break to the south of the site, between the tennis courts and an existing temporary classroom.  Large deliveries and site preparation of the area will begin week commencing 24th July.  It is expected that the classrooms will be delivered and installed via a crane on Tuesday 8th August.  Further works will be required to connect it to services, construct access ramps and steps over the following 3 weeks. The classroom should be ready for occupation by the end of August ready for the new term.


The planning application decision for the new 3 Storey Block is due by 22nd August.  If successful, this will give Kier 8 working days to get the compound set up ahead of the pupils returning in September.


If you have any queries or questions, or would like any further information on any aspect of the planned works please do not hesitate to make contact with the Academy Office on 01367 246930 or at