Go-ahead for new school
Frenchay & Downend ward councillor Ben Burton at the site of the new school
WORK on the new Frenchay Primary School is expected to start within months after planning permission was granted for the £9.6 million scheme.
The new buildings on the former Frenchay Hospital site will accommodate up to 420 children, three times the capacity of the school's current Churchside home, next to Frenchay Common.
Funding for the project was approved in this year's South Gloucestershire Council budget.
The council expects work on the site to start during the summer, with the aim of staff and pupils moving in from September next year.
It says the building has been designed to low-carbon standards known as Passivhaus, which aim to "substantially reduce energy consumption" and will not only make the new school cheaper to run but help the council meet its environmental aims.
Council cabinet member for education Erica Williams said: “It is fantastic news that the plans for Frenchay Primary School’s new home have finally been approved. Our number one priority at the Council is to improve school standards and this very much means improving the learning environments for local children.
“By designing this building to Passivhaus standards, it will not only make the school one of the most energy efficient in South Gloucestershire, but it will also help us to meet our Climate Emergency goals.”
Fellow cabinet member and Frenchay & Downend ward councillor Ben Burton said: “I am delighted that we are able to progress these long-awaited plans for a bigger and more environmentally-conscious primary school in Frenchay.
“This multi million-pound investment demonstrates our commitment to delivering the services local families need and is the first step in shaping Frenchay by delivering the key infrastructure that residents have been asking for.
"I look forward to work beginning later this summer and to doors opening next year.”