A MULTI_MILLION pound project to re-build a school ravaged by fire last year is underway.
Work to refurbish and re-develop Leyland St Mary’s Catholic High School is expected to take around a year and cost more than £7.5m.
A Blaze swept through the school two days before the start of the new term last September,destroying large parts of the building.
Despite being almost gutted, the Royal Avenue school has continued to operate from the site, with many pupils housed in portable classrooms.
However, the rebuild, being carried out by John Turner Construction Group, has been designed in such a way that it will restore lost teaching spaces and also improve the overall school environment.
It has been designed by Preston architectural and planning consultancy practice and area surveyors for Liverpool Archdiocese, Cassidy + Ashton and will provide classrooms, new science and technology departments, extended dining areas, car parks and outdoor space.
The new buildings will covering 3,500 sq m but the overall development plan will also see a new extension to the dining room together with new main entrance at the front along with associated landscaping and car parking.
The design also includes two secure courtyard areas at the heart of the development allowing both “social and teaching outdoor spaces.”
Lawrence McBurney, associate at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “It was important that the design for the rebuild resulted in a single cohesive school building, so creating a new extension at the front of the remaining property, remodelling parts of the interior and designing an internal courtyard space were all important elements of the design.”
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