Council approves redevelopment of two secondary schools
Southfields Community College & Tooting's Burntwood School got approval for designs developed by the council and building contractor, Bovis Lend Lease, following consultations with the schools, parents and local people.
The schemes, which are being funded by the Government, aim to vastly improve the outdated facilities and will increase capacity at both sites to help meet rising demand for school places.
Work is expected to start in spring next year with both projects scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.
The Southfields project involves refurbishing and extending the existing blocks fronting Merton Road and along the site's southern boundary. A new four-storey building is to be constructed at the Burr Road entrance to create a more attractive gateway to the college grounds and will include terraces on the upper floors which can be used as outdoor classrooms and recreation areas.
A new three-storey building will also be provided in the south west corner of the site which would provide the main entrance to the Aspire Centre. The project would increase capacity at the college by approximately 200 Artists impression Southfields Community students.
Planning application committee chairman Cllr Nick Cuff said:
“These outdated schools will be totally transformed and decked out with first class teaching facilities. The added capacity will help meet growing demand for secondary school places in our borough and ensure local students benefit from the very best learning environment.”
December 10, 2010