As members of the Bradfield community will know, the Campus Development Framework (CDF) is the result of several years of planning and consultation throughout all levels of the College. We are delighted that it has now reached the stage of public consultation before approval by the College Council. I am very grateful to the numerous people who have enabled us to reach this point.
The CDF is conceived as an overarching consideration of the College campus and its potential future development, not as a formal or timetabled programme of specific works. Its scope includes consideration of projects that would enable the College to flourish in the years leading up to and beyond our two hundredth anniversary in 2050.
The central purpose of the CDF is to act as a backdrop to ongoing strategic planning and as a material consideration to potential formal planning applications in the years ahead. It is designed to enable rational development of the campus in sympathy with existing buildings, with the local environment and with our neighbours.
It is intended to help the College respond to the changing demands and opportunities for an independent school committed to offering the very best in all round education. It should simultaneously enable interested parties to understand College developments in a broader perspective.
We formally consulted on the CDF between Tuesday 19 February 2019 and Tuesday 19 March 2019. The published report can be found below. If you have any queries, please email the Capital Projects team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Christopher Stevens, Headmaster
ROAD CLOSURE APRIL 2021 – NOVEMBER 2021
The College will be re-roofing a significant part of the main grade II listed building starting in April 2021. As you may have noticed, the roof is in a poor state of repair and we have had to install temporary protective scaffolding in some areas. As a result, the replacement of the roof has now become urgent to protect the health and safety of the community.
For those of you familiar with the College campus, you may appreciate that although the buildings on the roadside are single storey, on the other side, they extend to the equivalent of three storeys due to the gradient of the site. This poses some considerable challenges in the design of the scaffolding and temporary roof required whist the works are completed, and as a result, the scaffolding will extend some way into the road.
Following discussions with West Berkshire Highways department, they have advised that the remaining carriageway is too narrow for vehicular traffic, whilst maintaining the safety of the scaffolding and workforce. To carry out the works safely, the Highways department has requested that the section of the main road (between Budgeon’s Yard and the College Chapel) is closed to all traffic. We expect the road to be closed from April 2021 to November 2021 inclusive. The diversion route will be via Common Hill, Union Road and the war memorial at Southend Bradfield. A map showing the extent of the closure and the diversion route is below.
We are acutely aware that this will have a significant impact on the local community and if the work progresses quicker than anticipated, we will of course open the road as soon as it is safe to do so. However, we feel that it is important to set expectations that this is likely to be a considerable closure.
We have included some frequently asked questions below, including contact details should you have any queries, or wish to be kept up to date with any changes to the road closure.
I do sincerely apologise for the considerable inconvenience this will cause, but it really is non-discretionary and needs to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Owen Adams, Chief Operating Officer
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Why is the road being closed?
The roof to the buildings along the main road is in a poor state of repair and in urgent need of replacement. West Berkshire Highways have advised that the road needs to be closed to accommodate the extensive scaffolding required to repair the roof, and to allow the contractors to work safely during the works.
How long will the road closure last?
The closure will commence on 1 April 2021 and it is anticipated it will end on 30 November 2021.
Why is the road closure lasting so long?
Due to the presence of bats roosting in the roof, the College is obliged by law to obtain a licence from Natural England and to follow specific procedures and methods for removing the existing roof and installing the new one, in order to make sure no bats are harmed during the works. As such, the works will take longer than they otherwise would if no bats were present.
Will the road closure be permanent or can the road open during evenings/weekends?
The road closure will be permanent whilst the works are on-going and remain closed during evenings and weekends.
Will there be pedestrian access through the road closure?
Yes, the footpath opposite the scaffolding (running along-side the Visitors’ Car Park) will be open for residents, staff and pupils throughout the works.
What route will vehicles have to follow as a local diversion?
All local traffic will need to use the loop along Common Hill and Union Road (past the war memorial). Signage will be put in place to direct traffic.
Why is the work not being done during the lockdown when there are fewer vehicles on the road?
As bats are known to use the buildings, the method statement limits when the existing roof can be removed (broadly between April and October, subject to weather conditions).
Why does the scaffolding need to go onto the road?
To protect the rooms below the roof and prevent unnecessary damage to the grade II listed buildings, a temporary roof is required. Due to the considerable differences in the topography on each side of the building, the scaffolding required to support the temporary roof is substantial.
If I have questions regarding the road closure who should I contact?
A traffic management company will be appointed and will display signs with contact details should you have any queries about the traffic management in place.
If I want to be kept up to date about any changes to the road closure during the project, who should I contact?
Please send your name and email address to email@example.com using Road Closure Update Request in the subject heading. All data will be processed in line with GDPR requirements.