|Educational advantage – Multi-million pound project for new Beech Hill Primary School
An artist’s impression of how the new Beech Hill Primary School will look.
Beech Hill Primary School has been a focal point for the local community for the best part of a century.
And it now looks set to continue to be at the heart of the area for many years thanks to a Wigan Council plan to build a new school for the future.
The council was recently granted planning permission to start work on a brand new school on the Netherby Road site.
Set to open in 2011, the £4.6M project is based on the council’s model school design and looks set to retain its place at the centre of the community.
Some of its exciting features include solar water heating panels, rain water harvesting and low energy lighting.
The original school was built in 1913 and is now in poor physical condition. It is becoming increasingly unsuitable for 21st century teaching. The new school will be built on the current site.
Wigan Council’s Cabinet Champion for Children and Young People, Cllr Susan Loudon, says: “This is excellent news for the area and residents of Beech Hill it shows the council's commitment to improving teaching and learning for all our young people. The families of Beech Hill will be very pleased that their new "state of the art" school is to be built in the heart of their community.
“This fantastic new school follows the ethos of our Wigan Schools for the Future programme and will provide the very best new learning environments to give our children the advantage they need and to give their educational career a flying start.”
It will be business-as-usual during the building work because the school will find a temporary home in a purpose-built ‘modular village’ on the playing fields.
Similar concepts have been used successfully in recent school-building projects in Manchester.
The council’s design partner NPS North West has created the plans for the new school and construction company Walter Carefoot Ltd will build the new school.
The project team hope to involve the pupils in the process by asking them to design a community garden which will be sited on the front corner of Netherby Road close to the new entrance.