A historic Lancashire secondary school is to get its long-awaited sports hall.
Work has started on a £2m project to create the state-of-the art facilities at Clitheroe Royal Grammar school in the Ribble Valley.
The scheme, designed by Preston-based Cassidy and Ashton, will improve indoor and all-weather sporting facilities at the 11-18 grammar school.
Complementing an existing gym, tennis courts and a full-size 3G all-weather pitch completed in January 2011, the new sports hall is set to dramatically improve and broaden indoor sports choice and provision at the school, which dates back to 1554.
Headteacher Judith Child said a new sports hall had been a priority for many years but until now funding wasn’t available to achieve the goal.
She added: “Academically we are a very high-achieving school and always appear within the top 50 schools in the national league tables but we have always been constrained by a lack of indoor sports provision, until now.
“Clitheroe Royal Grammar School is one of the few schools in Lancashire without a dedicated sports centre so, over the past year, we have had a substantial fund raising drive that has involved students, staff, parents, alumni and friends of the school.
“We have worked closely with Cassidy and Ashton to develop plans that answer the school’s sporting needs both now and in the future and are looking forward to seeing the new building take shape on site.”
The new facility will cater for a wide range of sports, including badminton, five-a-side football, tennis, mini-tennis, netball, basketball and cricket, and it will feature retractable seating for up to 270 spectators and will also be suitable for use as a meeting space.
“The main, double-height gymnasium will be served by an entrance foyer, a small office, changing areas and two storage rooms.”