Sheffield school is deco-rated for £26m makeover

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A MULTI-MILLION pound makeover which rejuvenated a historic Sheffield school has scooped a top award.

The £26 million project at High Storrs succeeded in restoring its original 1930s art deco styled structure while adding state-of-the-art new buildings.

The results have won the gold award at this year’s North East LABC Building Excellence awards 2012.

Judges praised the way Vinci Construction UK, the city council and other key partners had kept the essence of the original school design.

The entrance and reception areas were restored by a team of specialist architects to reflect the school as it would have looked when it first opened almost 80 years ago.

The project also included returning the main assembly hall, the adjoining wings and the stage to their former glory. A metallic sculpture also snakes its way through the school while interactive whiteboards were fitted in every classroom.

The rebuild designed by BDP Architects won the award for Best Restoration and Conversion Project.

As well as recognising industry excellence for design and workmanship, the awards also acknowledge development and site teams that have had to overcome technical issues through innovation and creative solutions.

The contract saw the design and construction of a new teaching and administration block, a sports hall, and the refurbishment and restoration of the original 1933 Grade II listed building on Ringinglow Road.

Council officer Daniel Ladbury said: “This award acknowledges the significant efforts that have been made by the entire project team not just at High Storrs but on all our Building Schools for the Future projects.”

Vinci regional director Keith Shivers said: “We are delighted to have won the award. We worked closely with High Storrs and the city council to ensure we delivered a learning facility that sustained their heritage yet fully met their future demands.

“We strive for excellence in all projects we undertake. We deliver exceptional facilities that are not only fit for the 21st century but are environmental and sustainable.”

Headteacher Ian Gage said: “We count ourselves as very lucky to have such a modern and up to date school thanks to the BSF programme, while at the same time being able to keep the fabulous and distinctive exterior façade which makes this building stand out from any other school.

“It is a great building to work in and one which I know our students are very proud to be part of.”