Work is set to start next week (February 11) on a £400,000 “sports barn” at a Wirral school.
The stand-alone development at New Brighton Primary will provide the school with a vital new facility for pupils to play sports all year round.
It is also intended to help with improving pupil lifestyle and well-being, and outside of school opening times it is intended to be made available for members of the local community to use.
Cabinet member for children and families, Cllr Bernie Mooney, said: “This development is another excellent example of Wirral Council’s careful management of its budget at a time of continuing pressure on local government finances.
“Recent years have seen the authority focus on bringing in revenue where possible to ensure we are able to not just continue providing crucial services which local people rely upon, but investing in projects such as this sports barn which will play a key role in communities across the borough.”
The sports barn will allow New Brighton Primary – a popular school on Vaughan Road in New Brighton which is always full and over-subscribed – to make better use of its existing building and potentially generate some additional income.
The project is expected to cost around £400,000 and work is due to start this month, with estimated completion by early July 2019.
The sports barn is also sensitively designed to fit in with the nearby Conservation Area.
Cllr Mooney said: “This sports barn is a vital development for the school to ensure children are able to participate in sports and enjoy the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.
“It is also our intention that the facility will be able to be used by the local community so that people of all ages are able to take part in sports and exercise in a high quality facility close to where they live.”