Paxman Academy school reaches construction milestone

Under construction Paxman Academy in Shrub End reaches milestone as roofing is completed on the 900 space school.

The topping out ceremony took place last Wednesday (24th October) with the laying of the last piece of Bauder felt cap sheet on the roof.

Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills who took part in the topping out ceremony said: “I’m delighted to see progress of Colchester’s brand-new secondary school and excited to mark this important milestone.

“We know the town is increasing rapidly in terms of population growth and this will inevitably have an impact on the number of children moving up from the area’s primary schools into its secondary schools.

“The hundreds of new places created at Paxman Academy will help us meet this demand and offer more choice to families in the local area.”


Local contractor, Barnes Construction, was awarded the contract to build the new school earlier this year. The school us due to be completed completed by Autumn 2019.

The topping out marks a milestone in the construction process when the building becomes watertight and work moves inside to carry out the fit-out elements of the project.

Paxman Academy, which will be run by The Sigma Trust, incorporates a three-storey building with 20 classrooms, a library, a suite of science laboratories, technology workshops, and a sports hall. Outside there will be a new multi-use games area and grass sports pitches.

Built as a steel frame construction with a mixture of brick and rain-screen cladding facades, the new school, which has been designed by Concertus, optimises the use of natural daylight by incorporating features such as curtain wall glazing to the first floor over the entrance to the school.