Construction work is set to begin on a new build £8.2 million primary school, including one of Hull’s first purpose-built bases for young children with autism.
Contracts have been exchanged to enable Broadacre Primary School in Wawne Road to have a brand new expanded school constructed next to its current building, which will later be demolished.
The build will create a 630-place school, increasing capacity by 210 pupil places and incorporating a 10 place purpose-built resource space for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition, a 52-place nursery, enhanced external spaces and teaching areas, and a fenced multi-use games area.
Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning, skills and safeguarding children, said: “As a city we are working hard to accommodate the rising numbers of children needing school places.
“We want to ensure that as many children as possible have access to their preferred schools and that education is delivered in the best possible learning environments.
“I’m delighted that work will soon start on this brand new primary school, which will provide an additional 210 pupil places.”
Lisa Staines, Executive Head at the school, which is part of the Humber Education Trust, said: “We’re so excited and fortunate to get a brand new building and we can’t wait until February 2022 to move in and all be together as a school family under one roof again.
“The purpose-built resource space for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition will enable them to be part of the main school and they will have bespoke facilities to cater for their needs. It’s a wonderful opportunity for us all to work together and benefit from that.”
The project is being delivered by Hull Esteem Consortium LEP Ltd, the council’s pre-procured framework which has led the delivery of £400 million of new and improved education facilities across the city.
Gavin Barley, General Manager at Hull Esteem, said: “This school is very much needed and it is going to be a fantastic education facility that the pupils, staff, Humber Education Trust and everyone involved can be proud of.
“It’s really positive for Hull to deliver another education project and we’re delighted to continue to support the local authority in developing the education estate across the city.”
Sewell Construction will start on site on 4 January and the current school will remain fully operational throughout the build, with the construction site segregated to ensure maximum safety and minimal disruption.