THE final bolts on the structural frame of a new school have been tightened, marking a major milestone in the development.

The steel frame of the new £43 million school and leisure centre complex in Ponteland has now been completed, after project partners from Northumberland County Council, Active Northumberland, Ponteland Primary School and Ponteland High School were asked to ceremonially finish the task.

The project, which forms part of one of the county council’s biggest ever capital programmes, is well on track for competition in summer 2020.

Coun. Wayne Daley, Northumberland County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for children’s services, described the event as a significant milestone.

He said: “It was great to visit the site for this significant milestone in what is one of the largest developments ever delivered by Northumberland County Council.

“It will provide two fantastic new schools plus state-of-the-art leisure and community and sports facilities which I am sure the people from Ponteland and surrounding communities will love.”

The leisure services will be managed by Active Northumberland.

Chief executive Mark Tweedie added: “This iconic new facility is key to ensuring Active Northumberland achieves its new vision and strategy to transform leisure services to bring an increased focus on participation for all and to improve health and wellbeing.”

Once finished, the state-of-the-art development will feature a 1,600 pupil secondary school, a 420-pupil primary school, a 52-place nursery, a leisure centre and pool, a library and a a cafe.

The leisure centre will also feature a spa, gym, soft play, and a climbing activity centre.