Work on £150m Yorkshire PF2 schools batch stalls

Aaron Morby 8 years ago
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Work on Laing O’Rourke’s £150m Yorkshire school building programme has been put on hold because one of the sites is subject to a listed building application.

The PF2 work programme in the region has been brought to a standstill by the Education Funding Agency because of a bid with Historic England to give one of the schools Oakbank in Keighley listed building status.

The schools was to be demolished but now O’Rourke must wait to see whether the Victorian part of the school, which is due to be demolished is protected.

Uncertainty over the outcome has had a knock on effect to the rest of PF2 batch of projects and seen work stop at Beckfoot Upper Heaton school and Samuel Lister Academy in Cottingley, where building started earlier this year.

A DfE spokesperson said: “Works on schools being rebuilt under PSBP in the Yorkshire area are temporarily suspended to address the impact of a Hisoric England listing decision at Oakbank School.

“We are working closely with the developer to mitigate any effects.”

The building under consideration is known as Haggas House and is  the oldest part of the existing school for for administration

It is due to be demolished once the school complex is built on adjacent land.

Oakbank headteacher, David Maxwell, said building work had been due to begin this Christmas, but he had no idea when a decision would be made on the Haggas House application.

He said: “This is a complex project with lots of different factors.

“Haggas House has been put forward to be listed and we are just waiting on the decision. Once a decision comes through, we will look at a range of options.”

 

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