CONTRACTS have been signed for the £18 million rebuild of a Sheffield secondary - one of the final projects to be taken on as part of the city’s Building Schools for the Future programme.
Work will begin soon at Birley Community College and the two phase scheme is due for completion in April 2013.
Birley will be the 18th school to be either rebuilt or refurbished under BSF, the programme which was scrapped last summer amid government claims it was bureaucratic and poor value for money.
Bradfield, Handsworth Grange, Stocksbridge and City are among the schools still to be completed, with the whole scheme due for completion in 2014.
Birley has now signed a deal with Sheffield’s Local Education Partnership, a body which includes the city council and Vinci Construction UK, the company in charge of the building work.
A new two to three-storey school will be built, with the main existing structure demolished.
Some of the other buildings on the site will be retained and refurbished. The reshaping of the site will make way for other improvements including new sports pitches and facilities on the site of the former school and the creation of a new access road from Birley Lane.
Acting head Sheelagh Woodcock said: “I am delighted to have signed up to this deal.
“Our school has long been in need of an overhaul.
“A brand new school will improve the students’ learning environment enormously and I am very grateful this work is going ahead.
“I can’t wait to see the finished results.”