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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Vision of £3m Ulverston school of the future unveiled

PUPILS and staff have had a glimpse of the future after the designs for a major remodelling of their school in Ulverston were unveiled.

A £3m investment from Cumbria County Council will see the familiar buildings of Ulverston Victoria High School given a much-needed update.

Provision for an extension to the school’s library block, a new main entrance for the sixth form common room, a brand-new classroom and a spacious fully glazed corridor are included in the plans.

Ulverston’s population is expected to expand in the next decade after South Lakeland District Council’s land allocation document last year earmarked areas in the town for thousands of new homes.

This is to cope with the increased demand for housing due to major projects such as the planned development of GSK’s new biopharmaceutical manufacturing facility.

The £3m expansion will mean UVHS is better equipped to deal with the inevitable increased pressure on demand.

The move will also save the council on day-to-day expenses as the existing buildings are proving costly to maintain.

A Cumbria County Council spokesman said: “This £3m scheme will transform Ulverston Victoria High by creating fully accessible and flexible accommodation to improve educational facilities and meet the future needs of the school.

“As well as requiring revamping from an educational point of view, the current ageing buildings are expensive to maintain so the transformation will reduce running costs.

“A strong, high-quality design has been developed that overcomes the shortcomings of the existing main buildings while retaining the school’s identity.

“The benefits of the scheme will be felt by pupils and staff both in the near future and for many years to come.”

No target date has been set for when the work will be finished but the council confirmed work is likely to start early in the next school year.

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