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New schools ‘open all hours’

Posted on May 31 2005 at 12:33:53

Model of building

Plans for the new “community use” schools building in Alvechurch reveal a crescent-shaped brick and timber construction nestling into its setting.

As seen in the model (above, looking west), the building is one-storey at the nursery end and gradually grows taller as the children move through the first and then the middle schools.

The new library is a connected building near the front entrance on the north side, where there is a turning area for vehicles coming in from Birmingham Road.

The classrooms, meanwhile, will mainly look over fields to the south and lead on to the play areas, sheltered from the noise of the M42 by the shape of the building.

Officials behind the project have pledged that it will be a community facility open all year round and outside school hours.

“It will be a fabulous facility for the village,” said Peter Parkes, the manager of the £62 million PFI project to build new schools in Bromsgrove district – up to £10 million of which is being spent on the Alvechurch schools.

“It could be open 300 days a year or more and will be open from 8am until whatever time at night is viable. That’s the idea of having these community use schools.”

Mr Parkes said the site, which has three football pitches and a marked hard surface sports area, would be the ideal place for a youth centre for the village.

As for the current site, he said “nothing is pre-determined”. The preferred bidder for the project is HBG Ltd and work is expected to begin next autumn, with the schools ready for use after Easter 2008.

New high schools for North and South Bromsgrove are planned to be ready by September 2007.

Alvechurch Village Society is holding a community meeting at the Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday June 22 for residents to discuss the implications of the new schools in the village.

“The new schools are an exciting step forward for education in the Alvechurch area but they will obviously have implications for aspects of village life,” said a spokesman.

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