Schools across the county are being encouraged to get pupils involved in a national competition to be judged by TV ‘Dragon’, Duncan Bannatyne, to mark the 30th year of No Smoking Day, a campaign run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
Construction at the site in Moor Park Avenue began earlier this week.
It looks set to be finished by August 2013, to be open in time for the school’s centenary celebrations in September.
The facility will be used by students during the school day and will extend access to non-curricular sport for children through clubs, and for staff, parents and the community through workshops, activity sessions and classes outside of normal school times.
The hall is designed to enable PE, basketball, badminton, hockey, netball and cricket training as well as dance, informal ball games, gymnastics, taekwondo and keep fit exercise.
The school says that the new sports hall will support their promotion of health and well-being to students and it will add a “significant enhancement” to the school’s other facilities.
It will replace the existing gym which is considered to be too small and was recognised by Lancashire County Council as having insufficient sports provision.
Headteacher Peter Cunningham said: “There could not be a better time to open a new sports centre as a lasting legacy to the Olympic success in 2012.
“This superb resource will provide state of the art facilities for the whole community and open in September as part of our centenary celebrations this year, to mark the opening of the school back in 1913.”
The site had previously been home to a building until the late 1980s, which is understood to have been the school canteen.
The new sports hall will rise to a maximum of 9.5 metres in height and is designed with a double height space to enable it to be utilised for a wide range of indoor sporting activities.
The new building will differ in style from the existing school buildings, but it will be sympathetic to the school and the surroundings.
The aim is for the unique building to act as a catalyst to uplift the school facilities.