Hotel plan delay blow for landmark building

On hold: The derelict former Doncaster High School for Girls which was to have been converted into a hotel in the Civic and Cultural Quarter at Waterdale.

On hold: The derelict former Doncaster High School for Girls which was to have been converted into a hotel in the Civic and Cultural Quarter at Waterdale.

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WORK to save one of South Yorkshire’s prominent landmark buildings could still be years away, it emerged today.

Plans would have seen the former Doncaster High School for Girls on the corner of Waterdale and Chequer Road converted into a hotel.

The proposal was unveiled when Doncaster’s Civic and Cultural Quarter at Waterdale was announced which

But with the CCQ project now well under way, there is still no date for any progress to transform the derelict former school site - and the council now only says a future use “could include a hotel”, and does not expect anything to happen in the current economic climate.

The secretary of the Doncaster architectural pressure group, the Doncaster Civic Trust, says he is disappointed by the lack of progress. Archie Sinclair said: “It is not a protected building, but we were encouraged that it was included in the brief for the Waterdale development. But nothing is happening there, and that is disappointing because it is an important building.

“It is boarded up, but as far as we know relatively secure. It is important that the water does not get in. I hope they are keeping it in good condition, as that is always a worry.”

The school was built in 1910, but has not been used as a school for many years.

The school later amalgamated

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