Ambitious plans to rebuild fire-hit school

Plans to redevelop Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College after the fire
Plans to redevelop Leyland St Mary's Catholic Technology College after the fire

Ambitious plans have been put forward to redevelop a Leyland high school destroyed by a fire.

Leyland St Mary’s Catholic Technology College is set to get new science and technology departments, extended dining areas, car parks and outdoor spaces under the redevelopment scheme.

A planning application has been submitted by architectural and planning consultancy practice, Cassidy + Ashton, to South Ribble Council.

Project architect Lawrence McBurney said: “Our plans have been designed to create a modern and inspiring school which will meet the needs of both current and future students, whilst also providing exceptional facilities for use by local communities.

“Although the school was damaged under terrible circumstances, we have been provided with an opportunity to re-design facilities in order to make best use of space.

“Having undertaken a comprehensive community consultation programme, we know that there is fantastic support for the project from people in the area and are looking forward to receiving the decision in due course.”

The plan is to re-build 3,530m² of new buildings to provide new facilities following the devastating blaze which ruined more than half of the Royal Avenue school in September.

The existing frontage will be enhanced with a new extension to the dining room, and there will also be a new main entrance, landscaping and car parking.

The design has created two secure courtyard areas at the heart of the development allowing social and teaching outdoor spaces too.

Four isolated buildings remain following the fire consisting of the former main school, the Mercer Block, the food technology block and the sports hall.

Those lost in the fire included a three storey building and single storey science and technology building, as well as a changing room block adjacent the sports hall.

A decision over the scheme is expected to be made by the council’s planning committee in the coming weeks.