BGS, which counts Olympic medallists and Team GB members among its prestigious alumni, is celebrating the first milestone in its £4m sports redevelopment.
The topping out ceremony was attended by the development’s site team Managing Director and BGS staff to mark the end of the structural work on the new sports enclosure, and bestow good luck on the new building.
It took 25 days and 2 cranes to install the steel frame and roof on the building, which will open in Spring 2019, and will comprise four netball and four tennis courts. It will provide year-round, all-weather use in the day and evening.
The school will also see major upgrades of its cricket, netball, tennis and hockey facilities as well as the new sports enclosure.
Rob Moon, Managing Director at Bermar Building Co Ltd said: “Bermar are very excited to be involved in this prestigious contract. The difficult groundwork phase is now behind us and we look forward to cladding the building and completing the sports pitches. As a former student of Bradford Grammar School it is great to see such investment in the new facilities.”
BGS, which counts the Olympic triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee among its alumni, has also brought in several new sports names as part of the redevelopment. The new sporting staff has a wealth of experience, from ex professionals and internationals to national league and age group international athletes who have represented Team GB.
Simon Hinchliffe, Headmaster at BGS, said: “This is an exciting time in the history of our school. Sport is central to the offering at BGS and our new redevelopment will provide the perfect environment for our enhanced sports curriculum, which caters for all our young people.
“We’ve been successful in recruiting a number of staff to our enlarged sports department with specialist expertise in their fields to help deliver the school’s sporting vision. This investment will cement BGS’s reputation as the Sunday Times Leading Northern Independent School of the Year 2018.”
Oliver Rogers, Director of Sport at BGS, said: “The school has already benefited from an enhanced sports curriculum which has seen the introduction of boys’ hockey and girls’ cricket. We’re keen to nurture the interests and abilities of every child who takes part in sport at school as well as those who are keen to excel and pursue careers in it.”
“The school has already benefited from an enhanced sports curriculum which has seen the introduction of boys’ hockey and girls’ cricket.
We’re keen to nurture the interests and abilities of every child who takes part in sport at school as well as those who are keen to excel and pursue careers in it.”