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Work resumes on King's Lynn school building project




Building work has resumed on a multi-million pound project to build a new school in North Lynn, though it remains unclear exactly when the facility will open.

Construction of the new Greenpark Academy, on Greenpark Avenue, was suspended in April because of the coronavirus lockdown.

The project, which is expected to cost around £8 million to complete, was one of around 30 Norfolk County Council building projects to be halted by the pandemic.

Building work has resumed on a new school in North Lynn
Building work has resumed on a new school in North Lynn

John Fisher, the authority's cabinet member for children's services, said today: "Work was temporarily suspended on all our school building sites in order to keep the wider community and construction workers safe - the health of Norfolk’s residents is always our first priority.

"In line with new Government guidance, we have now agreed to a re-start of works on all sites if contractors have gained our approval of a site-specific risk and method statement showing they can comply with safe operating procedures.

"These projects are vital to ensuring we continue to provide excellent education for our children, and will act as a stimulus for the local economy."

An artist's impression of the new St Edmund's Academy building in Greenpark Avenue (37127226)
An artist's impression of the new St Edmund's Academy building in Greenpark Avenue (37127226)

The new school had been expected to open this autumn when construction began last summer.

Mr Fisher said: "There are likely to be some delays due to the suspension of work and we will be updating schools on new timescales as soon as we can.”

The update follows the submission of plans for additional fencing at the academy's current location in Kilhams Way.

That site is due to become part of the expanded Fen Rivers Academy, for pupils with special educational needs, once the new school is operational.

Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Greenpark Academy at North Lynn..A Time Capsule which has been buried on the site. (14236615)
Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new Greenpark Academy at North Lynn..A Time Capsule which has been buried on the site. (14236615)

Documents submitted as part of the application said the three metre high fences, together with alterations to the buildings, were necessary to ensure child welfare requirements are met.

The school, which is part of the Catch22 Multi-Academies Trust, was threatened with closure last autumn after it was found to be inadequate by inspectors.



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