Bolton school Clarendon Primary set for £6.5million relocation, complete with new Great Lever nursery

By Dominic Claeys-Jackson

A Bolton primary school is to undergo £6.5million relocation, after councillors approved plans to build on Heywood Park.

Clarendon Primary in Great Lever will move to the two-storey 2,475 square-metre building in Easter 2014, creating 39 new jobs and accumulating 212 new students.

Preparatory work will now begin at the site – just 250metres away from the current location – with construction beginning next February.

Great Lever ward Labour councillor Mohammed Ayub, who sat on the planning committee which approved the project, was delighted with the decision.

He said: “In this current economic climate, for us to have a newly built school is fantastic.

“It has been planned for a while and there were a few small issues and objections, but we have dealt with them and at the end of the day we are so happy to have got the go-ahead.

“It will be great for the area.”

The relocation, designed by award-winning international architects Aedas, will also see a 39-place nursery added to the school’s armoury.

The school’s population will more than double, with 420 student places dwarfing the 208 places currently catered for.

In terms of traffic allowances, three drop off zones will be created nearby – two on High Street accommodating 17 cars, and one on Bridgeman Street, for 18 cars.

On site, 25 staff spaces and three disabled spaces will be provided, whilst there will be provision for 10 cycles.

Plans also extend to improvements of the provisions of the area.

Heywood Park’s current artificial grass pitch will be converted into a 5-a-side pitch; with a top quality, Football Association-endorsed replacement created elsewhere in the green.

Meanwhile, the multi-use games area will be lost, but similarly will be replaced by a new one within the park.

A Bolton Council Spokesman said that the school had been closely involved in the planning of the project over the last two years.

Teachers, governors and pupils had helped to shape the initial design and specifications for the school, which is to be funded by the Council’s education capital programme.

Council bosses have also consulted the likes of Sport England, Highways, Greater Manchester Police and Greenspace throughout the process.

The relocation plans were drawn up after council chiefs deemed the current building unsuitable for modern schooling, with reconstruction ruled out due to inevitable student disruption.

Indeed, the 19th century building has previously had to undergo emergency work, and was marked as a priority rebuild by education chiefs in 2009.

The school is set to be demolished, with the site converted into an informal public open space.

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