Work has started on an £8million project to construct a state-of-the-art school building in Lancaster.
The new science and technology block at Central Lancaster High School, which has 750 students, will include five modern laboratories. The demolition of four Crag Road school buildings – originally built in 1966 – will follow shortly.
It will then be followed by a second phase later in the year which will add 11 more classrooms. When completed, the new building will also house design technology workshops and a food technology kitchen.
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A new central courtyard will be developed between the new and existing buildings, opening up a central green space where students can meet up with friends. The new block is built at Collinson’s own off-site factory in Catterall before being assembled on the school grounds when ready later in the year.
The modular construction method means the building can be completed more quickly with less disruption to Crag Road neighbours. Funding was secured through several successful bids by the Bay Learning Trust to the Government’s Condition Improvement Fund with support from Stratus9.
The school is due to open to pupils in January, with the second phase due to be completed in September 2023. John Cowper, Principal of Central Lancaster High School, said: “This new state-of-the-art school will be transformational for the education that we are. able to offer the youngsters of Lancaster.
“Our students at Central Lancaster High School deserve excellent facilities and the new school will bring a whole new look to the area. Along with good quality teaching, these facilities will help students at Central Lancaster receive the best possible education so they can thrive and continue to achieve the highest standards.
Sally Kenyon, Chief Executive of The Bay Learning Trust, said: “Our aim is to provide excellent facilities for all students in our schools. Central Lancaster High School is a close-knit community and I am delighted that we were able to secure the funding to build the school the students and staff deserve. It will be a great addition to the Bay Learning Trust community of schools.
The construction is part of a range of upgrades to family of schools facilities run by The Bay Learning Trust in the Lancaster and Morecambe Bay area, including new science labs at Morecambe Bay Academy, as well as fire safety and energy improvements at Carnforth High School and Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy.
In total, over £20 million has been invested in schools in The Bay Learning Trust community of schools since 2018.