The green light is set to be given to a new £17 million energy efficient school in Liverpool.
On Friday 8 March, the Mayor’s Cabinet will be asked to award the contract for the new Archbishop Beck Sports College to Willmott Dixon Construction.
The scheme is part of the Mayor’s Investment Plan for Secondary Schools, devised as a rescue package following the scrapping of Wave Six of Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project.
The school will be built on the former Long Lane council depot in Fazakerley, which has better access and is less constrained than the existing site in Walton.
It will be environmentally friendly, with a solar panelled roof to generate electricity, and will also feature basketball courts, a theatre and recording and dance studios.
The council is committed to making sure the school is ‘Made in Liverpool’, and will be setting tough targets to make sure the majority of the project budget is spent with firms in Liverpool.
Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This is another significant step in my commitment to deliver 12 new schools for young people in Liverpool.
“A child only gets one education, and it is absolutely crucial that we make sure we give our young people the best possible start in life.
“Improving schools is a priority and I am determined that we also make sure the construction project benefits local firms as well, so we maximise the benefits to the city.”
Providing planning permission is granted later this month, work will start in the summer and the school is set to be completed in time for September 2014.
Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for education, said: “This is brilliant news for current and future generations of young people who will attend Archbishop Beck.
“It is part of our ambition to make sure that new schools are closely tied to the city’s regeneration and help build stronger communities, so that they are literally made in Liverpool.”
Assistant Headteacher Bruce Hicks said: “We are absolutely delighted, as this school will offer a 21st century education for the whole community.
“We have held detailed discussions with the whole community, including parents and pupils whose opinions we have sought and acted upon in terms of the design.”
As part of the Investment Plan for Secondary Schools, work is already well underway on Notre Dame Catholic College in Everton, which is set to open in September 2013.
Funding is also confirmed for the following schools:
Archbishop Blanch C of E High School
Holly Lodge Girls’ College
St Francis Xavier’s College
St Hilda’s C of E High School
St John Bosco Arts College
St Julie’s Catholic High School
Redbridge High School
Aigburth High School
Palmerston Special School
Abbots Lea Special School