‘End of an era’: Demolition work starts at Sheffield primary school as old buildings reduced to rubble

The demolition works of severely dilapidated buildings of a Sheffield primary school have begun, making way for a brand new school with panoramic views over the city.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 12:54 pm

According to pictures sighted by The Star, an excavator can be seen at the demolition site at Walkley Primary School as the buildings have been reduced to rubble.

The affected buildings were between Burnaby Crescent, Whitehouse Lane, Grammar Street and Greaves Street.

It was reported on September 4, 2019 that the buildings which were deemed as "inefficient and severely dilapidated" would be replaced in a project funded by the Department of Education.

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The buildings are being demolished. Picture by Shaun England

The new school would be created on unused playing fields and it continued to be a two-form entry with a 26-place nursery - 446 pupils in total with the equivalent of 54 full time members of staff.

In a planning application by JM Architects two years ago, they said the development would “bring new life to the decrepit sports playing area”.

They said: “Currently Walkley Primary School is split across two buildings. Early years are located in the old school house to the west of the site.

"This building will not be part of the scope of work and will remain, but no longer belong to the school.

The affected buildings. Picture by Shaun England

“Junior years are located in the building at the centre of the site. This building will be demolished towards the end of the building works.

“The design team have placed the new school building to the north east of the site on the redundant sports area.”

They said a play area and outdoor sports area would be developed and the former site would be restored to grass.

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