First glimpse of school facelift

An artist's impression of the new look Chaucer School at Fleetwood
An artist's impression of the new look Chaucer School at Fleetwood

EXCLUSIVE pictures of a multi-million pound venture to transform a Fleetwood primary school have been released.

Pupils at Chaucer Primary are preparing for months of upheaval as the school – built in 1902 – looks forward to bringing in £3m worth of new facilities fit for the 21st century.

And bosses today revealed the new development has been designed specifically to fit in with the “landmark” buildings at the Chaucer Road school.

Headteacher Peter Gerrish said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to provide facilities which can make a real difference.

“The new design is really interesting and hopefully we’re going to get the best of two different centuries linked together so it will be very exciting. Staff, pupils and governors have been working with the local authority, architects, creative artists and the contractors to come up with an imaginative solution to combine the best of 19th century and 21st century design.

“Chaucer School has been described as a landmark building and I am certain the changes will ensure it will retain that claim.

“They also give us the opportunity to reconsider everything we do in school and look at other changes which will make teaching and learning more effective. It is more than putting old wine into a new bottle.

“Clearly there will be challenges ahead during the construction period which will begin early in 2012 and last for about 15 months.”

The current Grade II listed building is to have a better internal arrangement of facilities and the work will include a small sports hall, two new classrooms and an external first floor play deck.

Mr Gerrish said the designers worked alongside the builders to ensure their dreams could be brought to a reality.

He added: “The main contractors Bramalls are an experienced company who have worked successfully on many school buildings in Lancashire and beyond.

“They are committed to working closely with the school to make sure teaching and learning can still go on during the building process.”

The work at Chaucer is part of an £18.5m programme of improvements at primary schools throughout the town.

Lancashire County cabinet member for children and schools, Coun Susie Charles, added: “It is fantastic news for Fleetwood we are able to support investment on this scale in such difficult economic times.”