Firm awarded £8.3m deal to build new Waterbeach primary school

Waterbeach New Town West primary school

The proposed site for a new primary school as part of phase one of the Waterbeach New Town West development. - Credit: Cambridgeshire County Council

The construction firm to build a new primary school at the Waterbeach New Town development has been confirmed. 

R G Carter has been awarded an £8.3 million contract by Cambridgeshire County Council to build the school on the western half of the development within a former airfield and military barracks north of the village. 

A new two-form entry primary school, meaning 60 children in each year group, with early years facilities will be built and is due to open in September 2023, with a view to building a three-form entry school (90 children in each age group). 

The eastern half of the development was approved by councillors in January, with the 700-acre site including up to 11,000 homes, five primary schools, a new secondary school and shops. 

Cambridgeshire County Council said the development aims to “promote a sustainable and vibrant community that is inclusive and diverse with its own distinctive local identity”. 

Waterbeach New Town, immediately north of Waterbeach, was allocated for a development of “approximately” 8,000 to 9,000 homes in the 2018 local plan. 

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