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Ballakermeen High School extension plans on show

EXTENSION PLAN: Department of Education and Children estates director Richard Collister explains the proposals for Ballakermeen High School to, from left, local resident Mark Withey and Douglas councillor Ritchie McNicholl

EXTENSION PLAN: Department of Education and Children estates director Richard Collister explains the proposals for Ballakermeen High School to, from left, local resident Mark Withey and Douglas councillor Ritchie McNicholl

 

PLANS for a three-storey extension at Ballakermeen High School, in Douglas, went on public display last week.

The Department of Education and Children’s estates director, Richard Collister, architects, project managers and school representatives explained the proposals to 23 neighbouring residents and a number of Douglas councillors who attended.

Mr Collister said there was ‘general support for the need to progress the scheme’, adding: ‘We welcome the constructive comments made and are currently making some amendments to the proposals to address issues raised, prior to progressing with our planning applications for the extension and the temporary “Balladome” relocation.’

Head teacher Adrienne Burnett said: ‘We thought it was important to make sure that our neighbours had as much information as possible, and to give them a chance to make suggestions and raise any concerns.’

The £3.2m project involves extending the dining and post-16 facilities by building an extension on the hard surfaced area of the playground.

The DEC hopes to take the project to Tynwald in July 2013, with a phased hand-over of the project which would see post-16, first and second floor levels operational for September 2014, with the ground floor dining/kitchen opening after the October half term.

 

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