New buildings at Robinswood Primary School given the go ahead
PUPILS and staff at Robinswood Primary School will be saying goodbye to two temporary classrooms after approval was granted for a new building.
The proposals were given the go ahead by Gloucester City Council this week.
Work can now begin to demolish two makeshift classrooms, which have been in situ for more than 20 years, and construct a permanent structure.
The building will provide two classrooms, a store, a cloakroom area and a toilet.
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Gloucester city councillor Kate Haigh (L, Matson and Robinswood) was delighted to see the plans cleared.
She said: "Robinswood is a great local school and it is great to see that children will have the opportunity to benefit from learning in the new buildings."
The development will not see the school's intake increased and pupil numbers will remain around the 420 mark.
New double-glazed windows will also be a part of the building which, it is hoped, will save money on heating bills.
A spokesman for Roberts Limbrick Architects, who are handling the design, said: "The school has secured Academies Capital Maintenance Fund funding to complete the proposals and are excited by the possibility of obtaining a new and more appropriate facility.
"The application is seen as a solution for the school as the temporary teaching block is beyond a suitable condition for effectively delivering the modern-day curriculum.
"The proposed layout of the building on the site has been designed fit in with the current operations of the school as efficiently as possible."
The two proposed classrooms are positioned directly adjacent to one another and are divided by a movable sound proof partition wall which can be opened so the classrooms can be joined into one large teaching space.
Meanwhile, there is also a green twist as a rainwater harvesting system will be incorporated into the roof.
Rainwater will be collected in the toilet cistern and used to provide water for the toilets flushing systems.
The school has already had its floors and roofs replaced in the other buildings on the site and it is hoped this next stage of development will be completed by Christmas.