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Plans unveiled to rebuild fire-ravaged Leyland St Mary’s College

Encouraging response: above, a parent views the plans to re-build the Leyland school. Below, the fire at the school

Encouraging response: above, a parent views the plans to re-build the Leyland school. Below, the fire at the school

Excitement is growing over plans to re-build a high school destroyed by a huge fire.

Architects were at Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College to show staff, parents and pupils the new designs to redevelop the Royal Avenue school.

Lawrence McBurney, from Cassidy and Ashton architects, said: “We want to make the school more welcoming and give it a face lift.

“We’re looking to make the school more compact on site, and link the pupils more to their social and dining spaces.

“We’re creating a few new courtyard areas, and we’re moving the playground next to the sports hall. There will also be a new activity and dance studio built, and changing rooms.

“It’s not just about the buildings though, we’re looking to landscape the school site with more planting.”

He added: “The reaction from pupils, staff and parents has been very encouraging. We’re taking their views on board before we submit the final plans in February.”

The buildings destroyed in the fire last September have now been demolished, and pupils are working from the surviving buildings and classrooms in temporary buildings around the Royal Avenue site.

The aim is to finish the work by September next year.

Parent Elaine Derry, whose daughter Grace is in Year 9, said: “I think the new plans look really good. Grace will be in her final year when this is complete, so it’s good that she will get to see the end result.”

l Five boys were charged in connection with the blaze on Wednesday. The boys, aged 11, 12, 13, 13 and 15, all from Leyland, have all been charged with arson with intent/reckless as to whether life was endangered, and arson with intent to endanger life. They are expected to appear at Preston Youth Court on February 4.

 

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