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HARTLEPOOL COUNCIL PRESS RELEASE
Contractor named for £14m transformation of Hartlepool school
A MULTI-MILLION pound project to transform a Hartlepool secondary school has taken a major step forward today with the naming of the main contractor for the scheme.
Balfour Beatty has been chosen to carry out the £12.4m remodelling of Dyke House Sports and Technology College in Mapleton Road .
The work - which is part of a £104m investment in the town's secondary schools under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme - will start this September and the school will be ready to reoccupy in January 2012. It is anticipated that Balfour Beatty will handle all the BSF projects.
More than a quarter of the College - which was built in 1938 and has 1,145 students - will be demolished and completely rebuilt, with the remainder being extensively remodelled and refurbished.
The overall aim is to create a light, airy and welcoming environment for both learning and relaxation, incorporating an easy to navigate layout and creating a real 'college' atmosphere.
Key features of the many improvements include:
A new main entrance and reception area.
A wider range of flexible learning spaces including specific areas for each year group and smaller areas for more individual learning.
A transformed school hall.
Greater use of roof lights to provide more natural light.
New science suites.
An improved dining area.
A student services and information centre.
A 'juice bar' for relaxation and healthy drinks during break times.
Conversion of the two internal quadrangles into sensory gardens and outdoor teaching areas.
A new vocational suite for 14-19 diplomas.
New outdoor sports facilities including floodlit multi-use games areas, informal games courts and a 'trim trail'.
Habitat and ecology areas plus allotments.
A particular hallmark of the new development will be 'The Street' - a light and impressive two-level main walkway leading into the heart of the school.
In addition to the £12.4m rebuilding and remodelling, there will be a £1.4m investment in the latest information technology equipment.
In a major boost to the local economy, two-thirds of the construction work will be handled by Hartlepool-based businesses and a further 17% will go to firms within 25 miles of the town.
At least four construction apprenticeships will be created on this and each of the later BSF projects and many other work experience opportunities will be provided for students from the town's secondary schools.
To minimise disruption to the Dyke House students and staff they will all be relocated to the former Brierton School buildings in Catcote Road from this September while the work is carried out.
Councillor Cath Hill, Hartlepool Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "This is a proud day for education in Hartlepool , marking the real start of the Building Schools for the Future project in the town.
"This will transform education for future generations, creating a vibrant and exciting place in which young people can learn and socialise in welcoming, state-of-the-art surroundings.
"I am particularly pleased that the lion's share of the building work will go to Hartlepool firms, which is marvellous news for our local economy."
Bill Jordon, Headteacher of Dyke House Sports and Technology College , added: "This is a fantastic opportunity to further transform education for our students.
"Having talked to people managing other BSF projects and similar schemes throughout the country, I know that this is one of the best - if not the best - new building and refurbishment schemes nationally and clearly it will give our students and staff an exceptional boost to raise standards and achievement even further. It's a brilliant day for Dyke House and for Hartlepool education."
Barry Eaton, Pre-Construction Director of Balfour Beatty, said: "We are delighted to have been selected by Hartlepool Council as the preferred bidder to deliver its innovative vision for secondary education via the BSF programme.
"We will deliver the schools using local companies and create in excess of 20 apprenticeships over the lifetime of the BSF project. We will also appoint a dedicated community, skills and regeneration co-ordinator to work with the Council to ensure further employment and training opportunities are realised through the project."
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