Bid for new classrooms

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PLANS for an extension at a Morpeth school have been unveiled.

Although significant work has been carried out at Newminster Middle School and Technology College since it was originally built in 1944, it is felt that it is still short of having the modern facilities needed to cater for its students.

Therefore, The Three Rivers Learning Trust is looking to construct a new building with two state-of-the-art classrooms and a covered walkway linking them to the existing building and an application has been submitted to Northumberland County Council.

A school brief and feasibility study has been collated and funding has been approved for the extension.

Faithful and Gould was appointed as the applicant agent and in a design and access statement, one of its senior architects, Simon Allan, said: “The design of the building is in keeping with the existing layout and is relatively compact.

“Architecturally, it will be finished to match the existing school buildings and in terms of scale it will fit in with the single-storey buildings surrounding the proposed works site.

“The benefits of the new building will include a dedicated wet teaching area (all water and paint mess is kept where it can be easily cleaned up) and a dedicated disabled toilet and the photovoltaic panels on the outside means that the building will produce its own energy.

“There will be some mechanical equipment within the building, such as an air source heat pump and toilet extract systems, but the noise emission from the equipment will be controlled to ensure levels do not exceed the existing noise levels created by the current school.”