Schools choosing their grand designs

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PRIMARY schools in Fleetwood will this week get to choose the exciting state-of the art designs which will transform their buildings for the 21st century.

It’s all part of a massive £85m bonanza – the most ambitious and far-reaching building project for schools ever to be carried out in Fleetwood.

The largest investment is at Charles Saer, where the school is being completely re-built, but major work is also to be carried out at Chaucer, Larkholme, Shakespeare and Flakefleet schools.

This week teams of teachers, parents, governors and pupils from the schools will each be looking at three different architects’ designs before choosing the ones they want.

At Chaucer School, the ambitious plans will see the school become a new community hub. Part of the school is being knocked down to be replaced by a new ultra modern section.

The three designs include two with a nautical theme, based around the shape of a boat.

Head teacher Mr Peter Gerrish told the Weekly News: “There are three designs but we can mix and match them and don’t have to choose just one of the three.

“It is incredibly exciting, and we will make out final choice by Monday next week.

“But the important thing is that the new design enhances teaching the learning.

“It is quite a responsibility we have, because the building will last for many decades and will quite a legacy.”

At Charles Sear the project is even more ambitious with a complete re-build and headteacher Carolyn Thackway said: “The architects have come up with some very interesting ideas.

“It’s going to be very exciting looking at the plans and discussing them with other people. The new school will have a big future impact.”

The Primary Capital Funding plans, funded by both Lancashire County Council and central government, will see Shakespeare and Larkholme primaries being re-designed and refurbished.

And an entire refurbishment at Flakefleet Primary could promote community links with the presence of a public library.

The county council’s property group has put forward one of the plans for Charles Sear with two classroom blocks divided by a wedge-shaped central area which will be used for a variety of activities.

Head of design Norman Bennie said: “We tried to design the building from an environmental standpoint, trying to protect the children as much as possible from the strong winds in the area.”