Extension plan for Eldon Primary School

PLANS: Eldon Primary School in Eldon Street, which could be extended

PLANS: Eldon Primary School in Eldon Street, which could be extended

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A primary school is looking to expand to “improve the quality of the learning environment”.

Eldon Primary School has applied for a two storey extension to the west side of the main hall, for facilities including extra storage and a new staffroom.

Plans have been submitted for the extension which, if approved, would create 157 square metres of additional space.

A statement submitted to Lancashire County Council and Preston Council said the proposed expansion was intended to provide extra storage space and a new staffroom on the first floor, with built-in lecturing and workstations space.

It said: “The proposed extension has been designed to improve the quality of the learning environment with a strong emphasis on improving storage, teacher rest and welfare facilities, additional teaching space utilising modern technologies, workstation facilities and the opportunity to reduce the risk of children, teachers and third parties colliding with apparatus in the main hall that has no storage space in the current arrangement. The reception will be enlarged and the reception counter designed to enable all persons to be greeted due to a twin height counter being formed.

“Existing reception / bursar office space is restricted and the school regard this alteration as an essential opportunity to provide more office space and room for the storage of stationery.”

Plans said the ground floor administration unit and the headteacher’s and management office would be extended. According to the proposals, space on the first floor would be allocated to a new staffroom and a small lecture facility. There would also be workstations for staff, with screens to separate sections of the room.

The statement said: “This opportunity to relocate the staffroom will permit the school to vacate the ground floor room being used currently and allow the school additional form teaching space.”