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HS2: Work to build new Maria Fidelis School begins

Work to build the new Maria Fidelis School begins on Monday 16 January.

Moving Maria Fidelis School onto its Somers Town site, between Drummond Crescent and Phoenix Road, is a key mitigation secured from the government in order to address the impacts of HS2-related construction works on the school’s current North Gower Street site.

Construction works

Construction of the new Maria Fidelis School can now get underway following the demolition of the former police garages on an adjoining site in Drummond Street. After the new school building is completed in August 2018, the existing buildings on Phoenix Road will be demolished and replaced by sporting provision and new landscaping. This is expected to be completed by Easter 2019.

Works will take place during core working hours from 8am to 6pm from Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 1pm on Saturday. Special permission must be sought from Camden Council for any noisy activities outside these times.

Site traffic will gain access via Doric Way into Drummond Crescent and will be strictly controlled. The alleyway between Phoenix Road and Clarendon Grove will be closed for safety purposes. At various times, traffic management will need to be in place along Doric Way and Drummond Crescent.

Complex negotiations

The consolidation of the school on the Drummond Crescent site was made possible following complex negotiations involving Camden Council, the Trustees of Maria Fidelis School, the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime and London and Continental Railways Ltd. The new school building is funded by the Department for Education.

Assurances secured

As part of the assurances the Council received in December, the Secretary of State for Transport agreed to work with his counterpart in the Department for Education to minimise delays to the consolidation of the school and the impact of construction on the school while it remains on its North Gower Street site. The mitigation measures secured could include double glazing, ventilation equipment and high hoardings. We are working with the school to ensure HS2 Ltd puts the mitigations in place before noisy works start and that the education of pupils is not affected.

More information

  • If you have any questions about these works, please contact the contractor Kier’s site management team on 07791 719 065 or 07810 658 106.
  • Camden Council has always been opposed to plans for HS2 as they currently stand. If the government does go ahead with the scheme, Camden is committed to securing the best deal for our communities. Find out more on our HS2 webpages.