Multi-million boost for schools

Artists impression of what Meadowgate School in Wisbech will look like after a BSF refurb.
Artists impression of what Meadowgate School in Wisbech will look like after a BSF refurb.

CONTRACTS have been signed to re-build and refurbish three more Fenland schools as part of a major re-development of secondary schools in the district.

The three contracts – worth £28m in total – are for Cromwell Community College in Chatteris, Sir Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey and Meadowgate Special School in Wisbech. New accommodation and facilities will be provided at all three schools and much of their existing accommodation will be refurbished. Work will start on site in August and will be finished at the last of the three schools by August 2013.

The contracts are with Cambridgeshire Learning & Community Partnerships Ltd - the joint venture Local Education Partnership which was set up a year ago to deliver the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects in the county. Wisbech-based Kier Eastern are the building contractor.

Alan Kippax, BSF Programme Director at Cambridgeshire County Council said: “These contracts have been signed six months earlier than originally planned. This has been achieved as a result of a huge amount of work by the three schools, the County Council, our private sector partners and Partnerships for Schools, who have all worked extremely well together to ensure that these exciting developments go ahead.”

Cllr David Harty, Cabinet Member for Learning, said: “This is excellent news for Cambridgeshire generally and especially for Fenland. Our young people deserve the very best facilities that we can provide and we look forward to seeing how these new buildings can improve opportunities for young people’s learning and the well-being of local communities.”

From next month work will be underway at five out of six BSF schools in Fenland. Phase 1 of Neale-Wade Community College in March is due to be handed over in August.

Phase 1 of Thomas Clarkson Community College in Wisbech will follow in December. Work to finalise arrangements for the sixth project – Fenland Pupil Referral Unit – is ongoing.