The new £12 million school being delivered for Mouchel Babcock Education on behalf of London Legacy Development Corporation, London Borough of Hackney and Mossborne Academy, has taken a further step closer to completion.

McLaren Construction is pleased to mark this occasion with a topping out ceremony to celebrate the completion of the cross laminated timber (CLT) structure for Mossbourne Riverside Academy.

In attendance was David Goldstone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, Cllr Anntoinette Bramble, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services from London Borough of Hackney, Lady Bourne from Mossbourne who carried out the topping out and other representatives involved in the build.

The proposed scheme will see the construction of a single three and four storey building, broken down internally into small ‘schools’ (groupings of 6 classrooms with associated support accommodation), as well as an attached bicycle store and external areas. Once complete, the school will be a part of five new neighbouring communities on the Park, an urban plan which aims to ensure the sustainable future of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park following the London 2012 Olympic Games. The school was jointly funded by the London Legacy Development Corporation and DfE.

Peter Jackson, Group Contracts Director, McLaren Construction, commented: ‘’McLaren has worked very closely with our client MBE and the stakeholders London Borough of Hackney, London Legacy Development Corporation, and PPTD and of course Mossbourne Academy to design a school fit for the 21 century with impeccable green credentials whilst maintaining a value for money budget. Designing and building Mossbourne Riverside Academy in the middle of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with its iconic award winning buildings has been a challenge, but one the whole team has risen to and I hope everyone will agree succeeded.‘’

David Goldstone, Chief Executive, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It’s great to see this wonderful new school reaching this key milestone and now approaching completion. I am sure that it will form the heart of the vibrant new East Wick neighbourhood being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.”

The use of CLT not only provides programme savings, but delivers an environmentally sustainable and low carbon building solution; an innovative building material that is prevalent within the Hackney Borough with other schools and buildings being built using CLT such as New Ickburgh School, successfully completed by McLaren in 2014.

Mossbourne Riverside Academy will provide education to 450 children and is due for completion in August 2016.