Progress on the new building for the University of Cambridge Primary School was celebrated with a topping-out ceremony last week as the construction of the first building on the North West Cambridge Development reached its highest point.

The main contractor, Willmott Dixon welcomed guests from the School, the University and the development team to the site of the new school building. The topping-out event marked the installation of the roof light located on the highest point of the building.

Work on the iconic circular design of the school started in November 2014 and will be completed in two phases. The first phase of the building is due to be handed over in August 2015 for the start of the academic year in September 2015. The second phase of the building is expected to be handed over in December 2015.

James Biddulph, Headteacher of the school said: “Seeing the building take its incredible form this year has been very inspirational – the circular shape, open spaces and teaching rooms will make for a fantastic learning environment for the school community and we are grateful to the team for the remarkable progress that has been made to date. Our teachers can’t wait to start the new term in the new facility with our new pupils.”

The University of Cambridge Primary School will provide education for children aged four – 11. The school will be a mixed-ability co-educational school. In addition to providing an inclusive and high-quality primary education for local children, the University of Cambridge Primary School will also offer unique training and research opportunities through its close relationship with the Faculties and Departments of the University of Cambridge.