Work starts on rebuilding schools

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PLANS to rebuild or refurbish most Sheffield secondary schools are nearing completion following the announcement of a start on two more redevelopments.

Birley Community College will get a new two and three-storey building with sports pitches and a new access road from Birley Lane as part of an £18m project. Work is due to start imminently and development will be phased in over the next two years.

Meanwhile, Fulwood’s Notre Dame RC High School has been given the go-ahead for a £9m scheme including a new teaching block, a glazed link to provide a covered outdoor space and a new kitchen and restaurant. It will begin this month and is due to be completed in four phases, with final handover scheduled for February 2013.

Both projects are part of the Building Schools for the Future programme, which came under threat last year when the incoming Government scrapped the initiative, and are being overseen by Sheffield’s Local Education Partnership, which includes the city council and contractors VINCI Construction UK.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, said: “It is great to see the BSF programme taking off across the city.

“The fruits of our labour are really starting to show now with many of our schools already being refurbished or rebuilt to very high standards.”