Schools rebuilt in £7m scheme

Pomfret neighbourhood nursery, Pontefract
Pomfret neighbourhood nursery, Pontefract

TWO primary schools – which were created after controversial mergers – will be rebuilt in a £7m project.

De Lacy Primary School in Pontefract and Castleford’s Oyster Park Primary School will get state-of-the-art new classrooms, dining facilities and assembly halls in the multi-million pound Wakefield Council project.

Both schools were created in August 2010 after council chiefs merged existing establishments to combat an empty classroom crisis which, at the time, was costing the authority £5m a year in 5,000 excess places across the district.

The former Oyster Park Infant and Oyster Park Junior Schools closed to make way for the new Oyster Park Primary School on Watling Road while De Lacy Primary School on Rookhill Road was created after the amalgamation of the former Chequerfield Infant and Willow Park Junior Schools.

Cheryl Hobson, council service director for children’s commissioning and schools organisation, confirmed the schools would be rebuilt in a £7m project which was part of the merger plan.

She added: “Construction for the new schools started in January and is expected to be complete by April 2013.”

Both new schools will feature high-specification internal finishes and a mix of modern external materials, including render, timber and aluminium glazing with photovoltaic panels in the roof.

The project will also see their existing grass sports pitches upgraded along with new playgrounds and car parking facilities being provided.

The new schools will be built by builders Bardsley Construction through the YORbuild construction framework, which oversees the procurement of new build, refurbishment and design build construction works for local authorities in Yorkshire.

Adrian Rooney, regional manager for Bardsley Construction Yorkshire, said: “These schools are our most recent success in the region and the latest YORbuild schemes for Bardsley Construction.

“We very much look forward to providing further state-of-the-art education facilities, and continue to be able offer training opportunities for the young people of Yorkshire.”