New plan for secondary school destroyed by fire

New look: How Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College could look in the future.

New look: How Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College could look in the future.

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Plans have been submitted to redevelop a high school destroyed by a fire.

Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College will get new science and technology departments, extended dining areas, car parks and outdoor spaces under the redevelopment scheme.

A planning application has been submitted by architectural and planning consultancy practice, Cassidy + Ashton, to South Ribble Council.

Project architect Lawrence McBurney said: “Our plans have been designed to create a modern and inspiring school which will meet the needs of current and future students, whilst also providing exceptional facilities for use by local communities.

“Although the school was damaged under terrible circumstances, we have been provided with an opportunity to re-design facilities in order to make best use of space.

“Having undertaken a comprehensive community consultation programme, we know there is fantastic support for the project from people in the area and are looking forward to receiving the decision in due course.”

Around 100 firefighters tackled a blaze which destroyed more than 60 per cent of the Royal Avenue school last September.

Five boys accused of starting the fire are due to to stand trial at Preston Crown Court on June 30.

The redevelopment will provide 3,530m² of new buildings. The existing frontage will be enhanced with an extension to the dining room, a new main entrance, landscaping and car parking. The design includes two secure courtyard areas.

Kathy McNicholas, headteacher at Leyland St Mary’s, said: “Everyone in the school is really excited to see plans moving forward.”

The council’s planning committee will make a ruling in the coming weeks.