Woodcote Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7EZ
There are a number of simultaneous building and improvement works taking place on Mapledurham Playing Fields. We will regularly update this web page to keep you up to date.
The ongoing construction of the Heights Primary School is being undertaken by Kier, on behalf of the Department for Education. For all enquiries relating to the construction of the Heights Primary School, please contact the Kier project manager on John.Hempton2@kier.co.uk.
The Council’s Environment Protection team is also monitoring the school construction works. If Kier is unable to answer your question and your query is related to an environmental protection matter, please email email@example.com
If you feel the construction noise is excessive, or is taking place outside of the agreed prescribed hours (Monday-Friday 8am-6pm and Saturday 9am-1pm) you can submit evidence via The Noise App.’ This can be downloaded onto a smartphone for free at https://www.thenoiseapp.com. This app is an online tool that enables residents to make and submit recordings of the noise that is affecting them. Recordings help provide supporting evidence to any breach of the agreed hours of work and will help the Council how best to further any investigation. Evidence on the noise app may be used in court if legal action is pursued taken and may be needed to support any evidence you submit.
We are pleased that the main area of new turf has fully recovered from the very hot weather and has now become established in most areas and the boundary fencing has been removed to allow access for recreational use. There will still be heras fencing around the works to install the new central footpath.
However, the grass along the new drain lines is vulnerable to dogs digging and could be damaged by some activities such as informal kickabouts. If the area becomes damaged in large parts by dogs digging or over use then we may need to re-instate the fencing across the area to protect it. We ask that playing sports eg football is kept to the west side of the playing fields, next to the new play area and some goals have been installed to encourage use on this area.
Work is continuing throughout September to install the new Breedon gravel central footpath path, benches and footpath lighting, before the autumn wet weather sets in. The work area will then move to connect the central path to existing breedon gravel paths and the Chazey road entrance to the playing fields . In late November / early December we aim to plant the avenue of new trees.
AYM have built the new side extension, installed the new roofs, windows and external cladding at high level. Work is progressing inside installing new heating, electrics, new toilets and changing room showers. The tennis club room has been completed and handed back to the tennis club.
Unfortunately, there has been a delay in the delivery of the new heating equipment, and a shortage of some building materials, which we understand is being experienced by other contractors across the region. This has resulted in a delay to complete the works which we now aim to complete by late November.
The noise monitor started recording noise levels from 11am on Monday 4th May 2020.
Note: On Friday 29th May the monitor did not record any noise levels until 12noon due to a connection fault. Once this was known it was quickly repaired.
Note: On Tuesday 2nd June the noise level went above 70db for one hour (10am-11am) due to cutting of existing brickwork to form new windows in the pavilion and these works were close to the noise monitor location.