Harrogate High School rebuilding work starts

An artist's impression of the new Harrogate High School
An artist's impression of the new Harrogate High School

Work to rebuild Harrogate High School is ahead of schedule after construction began earlier than expected.

During the summer holiday, the single-storey design and technology block was demolished to make way for brand-new buildings, and the department has been temporarily relocated within the school site.

The block is the only current structure that needs to be removed to create space for the new school, which will be open in 2016.

The project will see some of the school’s features retained, such as the industrial teaching kitchen and bistro, and new facilities will be added, including a sports centre with five-court games hall, fitness suite and dance studio, which have been funded by a Sport England grant.

These assets will be available for community use, continuing the school’s existing relationships with local sports club and organisations and providing access for all ages.

The work is being undertaken by contractor Laing O’Rourke, who have promised an efficient, bright and modern leaning environment for pupils and staff to benefit from.

“Harrogate High School has a longstanding relationship with the local community and makes its facilities widely available for community use. We really value our partnerships with local groups and want to assure them that the school will continue to be very much a facility for them as well as students. We will make the new building, together with the fantastic sports facilities, available all year round for community use, just as we do now,” said Sally Cocker from the school.

The major rebuild has been funded by a private finance initiative and is expected to take 16 months to complete, with an official handover planned for January 2016.

Students are already excited about the move, with year eight pupil Molly telling teachers she is looking forward to studying drama and hospitality in the new facilities.

“Current users need not worry about the demolition as that won’t go ahead until the new building is fully functional and users have been relocated to it,” added Sally.