PUPILS at prep school finally have access to a new sports facility after a year-long build.

Through snow and sweltering heat, builders have brought a state-of-the-art vision to life at The Manor Preparatory School near Abingdon.

The sports hall provides flexible indoor space for children to take part in various activities, clubs and PE lessons.

It stands at 1168m² and contains more than six miles in length of wooden ceiling batons, plus 4.8 tonnes of stone columns created by a single stonemason.

Children have watched the building grow and had the first peek inside last week alongside their parents.

The school's former headmaster Piers Heyworth, who retired last year, returned to the school on Friday for the official opening ceremony.

He helped to gain planning permission for the building from Vale of White Horse District Council before he stepped down, and was replaced by new head Alastair Thomas.

Families who attended the opening enjoyed netball and tennis displays.