Nottingham schools set for improvements after £2.6m grant award

More than £2.6m will be spent improving the condition of school buildings across Nottingham.

Five projects have already been identified by Nottingham City Council to receive a share of the £2,679,416 Capital Maintenance Grant for 2022/23, which is issued by the Government.

These are:

  • Walter Halls Primary, Mapperley: £450,000 (roofing works)
  • Forest Fields Primary: £200,000 (structural work to ceilings)
  • Southwold Primary: £180,000 (roofing works)
  • Hempshill Hall Primary, Bulwell: £150,000 (fire separation works)
  • Hospital and Home Education Learning Centre, Sherwood: £100,000 (general refurbishment)

A £270,000 sum will be set aside for health and safety contingencies over the course of the financial year. The remainder will be retained for future schemes where required.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the council’s Executive Board last week where councillors also agreed to approve a payment of up to £150,000 to Rosehill Special School, in St Ann’s, and up to £500,000 for Ellis Guilford, in Basford, for works to improve the condition of both schools.

This will come from the Building Schools For The Future Lifecycle Reserve Fund, which is ring-fenced funding established to support these schools that were redeveloped through the previous Building Schools for the Future programme.

Councillor Cheryl Barnard, Portfolio Holder for Children, Young People and Schools at Nottingham City Council, said: “This is really good news for Nottingham and will make a huge difference to the schools which are in line to receive funding for improvements.

“It’s imperative that school buildings are warm, dry and safe working environments for staff and pupils to help them achieve the best results and outcomes that they can.

“This money allows building projects to start immediately at five schools across Nottingham and boosts our general fund for health and safety contingencies. We look forward to seeing this work progress.”

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