Newark MP marks construction start of new Middlebeck school

Local MP Robert Jenrick has paid a visit to the town’s newest neighbourhood, Middlebeck, to mark the beginning of construction of its new primary school.

The Newark MP joined representatives from the growing community’s master developer Urban&Civic and Newark and Sherwood District Council on Friday 4 September, to celebrate the occasion as well as explore the latest progress on site.

Being delivered by leading construction firm Lindum Group, the school build, which is now underway, will be located in the heart of the development and will welcome its first intake of pupils in September 2021. It will also provide a new home for the current Christ Church Infant School in Newark, who will relocate to the school and grow into the full primary school, offering 525 school places once the facility is complete.

As well as visiting the school’s construction site, Robert Jenrick was also taken on a tour of Middlebeck to explore the progress made by Urban&Civic since work began in 2017, which is now home to over 150 families, a café and extensive outdoor areas. He saw the momentum regained on housing building since lockdown with Bellway Homes, Countryside Homes, Avant Homes and Ashberry Homes currently delivering some 550 homes in Middlebeck’s first phase.

During his visit, Robert also stopped off at the neighbourhood’s popular independent eatery, Gannets Middlebeck, where he chatted to local businessman Neil Stevens on their reopening following lockdown, in July.

Richard Coppell, Group Development Director for Urban&Civic said; “We were delighted to welcome Robert to the site on Friday, for what was a significant moment in our masterplan for Middlebeck.

“The new school will offer local children a first-class facility right on their doorstep, and will become part of the community’s growing hub meaning residents can access a host of amenities all within a short stroll.

“We were also keen to demonstrate just how much Middlebeck has grown as a community, particularly during the past few unprecedented months. Our contractors and housebuilders have continued to forge ahead on site throughout the lockdown to keep momentum going.

“What’s more, we were proud to show Robert that as a new community Middlebeck has shown real resolve, positivity and community spirit throughout this trying time, a reflection of everything that Middlebeck stands for,” he added.

Lindum Chairman David Chambers said: “We are very happy to once again be working with Master Developer Urban and Civic. Lindum has already delivered the new U&C offices and Gannets café on site at Middlebeck, and this project will build on our solid relationship.

“The Middlebeck scheme will see the creation of a vibrant, new settlement that is less than 20 miles from our offices. It is great to be building the school, which will be such an important part of that community.”
Once complete Middlebeck will be a new community of 3150 homes, including a host of community infrastructure including shops and businesses, green infrastructure including a waterside promenade, walkways and cycleways, formal open space and sports pitches and the new primary school.

13th September, 2021

Today is Roald Dahl Story Day! Let your imagination run away with you... Will you be meeting the BFG, moving things with your mind or visiting a chocolate factory - get involved and have some fun on Roald Dahl Story Day https://loom.ly/36Iov8w

11th September, 2021

Are you looking for somewhere nice to brunch with friends? Pop into Gannets @Middlebeck_ to see the latest menu with seasonal treats, hot and cold drinks and cakes too! https://pic.twitter.com/ItyzGqWYMF

10th September, 2021

Thank you, @LindumGroup It’s great to see the school complete and most of all, great to see the school occupied with excited children ready to learn! #education #masterdeveloper #newark https://twitter.com/LindumGroup/status/1436293852332187651

8th September, 2021

Last week, we welcomed our very first pupils to Christ Church CofE Primary School. We also opened Bowbridge Square to the public so stay tuned for an opportunity to come and look around the new school #Newark #education #community https://pic.twitter.com/DChuS2lR8s

5th September, 2021

We're so excited to open our new school! The first term at Christ Church Primary School is now in full swing! Here is a sneak peak of the lovely new classrooms and corridors We'll be inviting you along to an open event soon so keep an eye out for details https://pic.twitter.com/ekyjWPBlKx

1st September, 2021

Officially open! Welcome to all the young people starting the new academic year at Christ Church CofE Primary School. Doesn’t the new sign look awesome? Bowbridge Square is also open to the public. Stay tuned for an opportunity to look around the new school, very soon. #Newark https://pic.twitter.com/QXTKsLz9Ir

31st August, 2021

Enjoy a good movie night? Why not check out the Nightflix Drive-In Cinema which is now running at Newark Showground. There's something for all the family so take a look at the listings https://loom.ly/8WlZwAw

29th August, 2021

Christ Church primary school is set to welcome its first pupils this September. Places are still available so if you are interested and want to find out more, contact 01636 680 051 or email: Office@christchurch.notts.sch.uk https://pic.twitter.com/8uoDbhD1eH

26th August, 2021

With building work now complete, we're excited to be opening Christ Church Primary School in a few weeks! Places are still available so to find out more, contact the school on: 01636 680 051 or email: office@christchurch.notts.sch.uk #Newark #School #Middlebeck https://pic.twitter.com/6ziwf8aBDE

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