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Final phase of BSF programme to start next year

Published on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

THE FINAL phase of a £350m programme to improve all of Leicester’s secondary and special schools is to get under way early next year.         

The City Mayor has announced plans for a further £4million investment that will help bring older buildings at seven Leicester secondary and special schools up to modern standards.

The schools ­– Babington, Hamilton, Lancaster, Moat, New College, Sir Jonathan North and Millgate – will undergo a range of repairs and improvements, including replacement boilers, internal redecoration, and new windows and roofs.

While the schools have already benefited from new classrooms and new facilities as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, many of them still rely on some older buildings that need to brought up to the standards of the BSF buildings.

Assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools Cllr Sarah Russell said: “These funds will bring the schools refurbished in the final phase of the BSF programme up to the same standards as the buildings completed in the earlier phases.

“By investing in these works, the city council will ensure that these buildings continue to provide a safe and comfortable learning environment for our young people – and ensure that all of our secondary schools and special schools are of an equally high standard.”

The programme of works – which will get under way early in the new year – will include renewing the sports hall heating system at Babington; lighting improvements at Hamilton; flat roof replacement and improved heating at Lancaster; new electrical equipment and windows at Millgate; new boiler controls and windows at Moat; new windows and flat roofs, and major improvements to the heating system, at New College; and new electrical equipment and improvements to emergency lighting at Sir Jonathan North.

The £4million will be released from a fund set aside by the council for its capital maintenance responsibilities. A further £2million has been set aside to fund future repairs and improvements to the city’s secondary and special schools. 

A formal decision is due be taken on 20 October.

This funding is in addition to the £8million committed by the city council in August to fund repairs at primary schools and other buildings operated by its children’s services department.