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Airfield transformation set to get under way

Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2019 at 10:00 pm by SH (Editor)

Visualisation of part of the proposed Brabazon development.

The first major construction contract to transform the historic former Filton Airfield into a thriving new neighbourhood has been awarded to a West Country firm Vertase FLI, based in Portishead.

The historic former airfield – the birthplace of Concorde and supersonic travel – is set to become a new urban community, known as Brabazon. Vertase FLI will carry out the necessary enabling works so that construction can begin later this autumn.

The first phase of new homes at Brabazon, to be built on a parcel of land close to the Trust Ford car dealership on Hayes Way, have been designed by Stirling Prize-winning architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. The architecture of the 278 new properties reflects the heritage of the site, with the rooflines at Brabazon designed to echo the profile of an airplane’s tail-fin while also maximising light for the homes’ energy-efficient solar panels.

The announcement of the first contract by YTL Developments comes almost exactly 70 years after the Brabazon – the visionary aircraft from which the new neighbourhood takes its name – made its first flight. The Brabazon first took off from Filton Airfield on 4th September 1949, in the process testing new technologies that paved the way for modern commercial aviation as we know it today. Brabazon is designed to live up to that legacy, creating a place for the next generation to live, work and thrive.

The works entail the excavation of over 18,000 cubic metres of earth, weighing over 38,000 tonnes. That’s equivalent to the weight of 300 Concordes. Vertase FLI has designed the works to be as sustainable as possible, ensuring that all of the excavated material will be reused on site.

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North Fringe’s newest primary officially opened

Posted on Wednesday 30th October 2019 at 9:16 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of headteacher Neil Lankester cutting the ceremonial ribbon.

A new primary school has opened in the Bristol North Fringe to serve the growing demand from housing developments surrounding the former Filton Airfield.

Charlton Wood Primary Academy in Charlton Hayes was officially opened on Friday 13th September by head teacher Neil Lankester and South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet member for schools, skills and employment, Cllr Erica Williams.

The school has been built on the Northfield part of the former airfield in Charlton Hayes, Patchway at a total cost of £6.25m and is being run by the Endeavour Academy Trust. It has been funded from Section 106 contributions that the council secured from housing developers who are building new homes on the former airfield.

In its first year, Charlton Wood Primary Academy is providing places for 90 pupils in Reception and Year One. Each year, 60 additional places will be created at the school until pupil intake reaches a maximum capacity of 420 in 2025.

Cllr Williams said:

“It is fantastic to see this state-of-the-art new school open to its first intake of students, in the heart of this new and growing community. Improving educational standards is our number one priority in South Gloucestershire and we want to make sure that our pupils have the best school facilities available that we are able to provide.”

Headteacher Neil Lankester said:

“The children have made a really great start to the school year and it has been lovely to finally see them engaging in learning on our fantastic site. Our founding families have been very supportive and we look forward to the year ahead!”

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Patchway Community School Post-16 exam results

Posted on Thursday 15th August 2019 at 12:18 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of four students pictured after receiving their results.

Post-16 students at Patchway Community School have recorded 100 percent pass rates at A-level and in vocational subjects.

Outstanding individual performances highlighted by the school include:

  • Jack Palmer achieved A in English literature, B in history and B in politics, and will be studying politics & international relations at Aberystwyth University
  • Hannah Evans takes up a place at Cardiff University, having gained B in textiles, B in business and B in English literature
  • Megan Humphreys will be studying fashion design & sportswear at Falmouth University, having achieved A* in textiles, C in product design and BTEC Merit in applied sciences
  • Carter King takes up a place to study accounting & finance at Exeter University with his results of B in accounting, B in finance and C in mathematics
  • Bradley Allen heads off to Cardiff University with B in sociology, C in finance and BTEC Distinction in media

Individual subjects that performed strongly this year include:

  • English literature, with 67 percent of grades A*-B
  • Mathematics, with 67 percent of grades A*-C
  • Sports studies and media studies, with 100 percent of grades BTEC Distinction or Merit

Head of Post-16, Ian Trevarthen, commented:

“Patchway students’ superb outcomes are a reflection of their determination and resilience.  I am exceptionally proud of these achievements and would like to thank our dedicated staff who worked so hard to prepare students for their examinations. Our students have bright futures ahead of them as they progress to university and higher apprenticeships and we wish them every success.”

Photo (l-r): Megan Humphries, Abigail Taylor, Simone Skidmore and Hannah Evans pictured after picking up their results envelopes.

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TV’s Fred Dinenage opens new retirement complex in Charlton Hayes

Posted on Sunday 9th June 2019 at 6:03 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Fred Dinenage with house manager Angela Skose, homeowners and guests.

Television favourite Fred Dinenage MBE – whose career has spanned over five decades – delighted local retirees with tales from his time on screen when he attended the official opening of McCarthy & Stone’s Hamilton House Retirement Living development in Charlton Hayes on 10th April.

The TV stalwart – whose varied career has seen him present shows including ‘How’, ‘How 2’ and ‘Pass The Buck’, as well as a long stint as news anchor on ITV Meridian – joined guests including homeowners, staff and members of the public to talk about his illustrious career.

Attendees heard first-hand about some of the breaking news stories he has reported over the years, as well as the many factual books he has written – and ghost written – including an autobiography on the infamous Kray Brothers.

Fred commented:

“It was a pleasure to visit the guests at Hamilton House and give a talk on my colourful television career. The development provides an excellent solution for those looking to enjoy an independent and active lifestyle in retirement, and I enjoyed meeting and chatting to homeowners. It’s clear everyone values the quality of life afforded by their surroundings and the freedom of having a range of services on their doorstep.”

Nicki Beswarick, marketing manager for McCarthy & Stone Southern, commented:

“We would like to thank Fred for taking the time to visit Hamilton House. Our guests thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to quiz one of Britain’s longest-serving broadcasters, and to meet a familiar face who has been gracing their television screens for so many years.”

“This particular event is just one example of the many regular and varied social activities we organise for homeowners. Not only do these get-togethers provide an opportunity for companionship, they also help to showcase the fantastic close-knit community which has been created here.”

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