30th June 2017
There were celebrations last week at Chichester Free School, Farrans’ flagship project in the South East of England, where the official ground-breaking ceremony was held.
The ceremony, which was attended by children, staff and Farrans site team members, took place at the school’s new site on the former Carmelite Convent in Chichester.
Work began on the project in February, with completion of the school – which will accommodate 1200 pupils – on schedule for next summer.
The ceremony’s Guest of Honour was Lady March, the Countess of March and Kinrara, who was keen to praise the progress made on-site to date.
“It’s wonderful to see such a lovely building being used again and I am sure that it will be an inspiration for generations to come,” she said.
During the ceremony, the Farrans site team gave a guided tour of the building itself.
Principal of Chichester Free School, Mr Martyn, described it as a wonderful opportunity to see the progress that has been made on-site to date.
“To see it stripped back and opened up to reveal the large spaces that our children will enjoy as well as the perfect mix of the ancient and modern - including the first steels going up just this week in what will be the Senior wing - is quite simply breathtaking,” he said.
“We are custodians of this magnificent building and the care and respect that is being shown by Farrans is testament to our shared desire to honour it in the way it deserves”.
The ceremony was concluded by the Chair of Governors, who thanked the Farrans team for arranging the event, as well as all those present for their dedication and hard work.
The Farrans team was represented by Barry Brockhurst, David Inglis, Vicki Barnes, Bala Etorti and Ryan Lynch.
For more information on the Chichester Free School project, please see: https://www.farrans.com/media-centre/news/disused-convent-to-form-part-of-26-5m-school-in-chichester