£1m school upgrade nearing completion

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A £1 million project to renovate a north Derbyshire secondary school originally built in the 1950s is nearing completion.

Improvements at Hope Valley College include the replacement of all external windows and doors, a major upgrade of the kitchen and canteen, refurbishment of the sports hall and PE changing rooms, and the creation of a dedicated fitness suite.

The final stages will see the installation of modern lighting, including a full re-wire of the building, and a complete reworking of existing toilet facilities.

Site manager Stuart Eaton said: “The college building was in need of modernisation, renovation and refurbishment. However until we secured Academy status, we were short of funding and we had to do the best we could with patchwork repairs. “The college building is more than 50 years old and it is important that we ensure that we provide a building that staff and students feel happy and comfortable in.”

The college’s major next project will be to construct a specialist post-16 centre which will also include an upgrade to the site’s car parking facilities.