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Revealed: How Woolton St Julie's school will look

But £20m development on woods blasted by award-winning architect

Written by . Published on February 2nd 2015.


Revealed: How Woolton St Julie's school will look
 

THE first images were released today of the proposed new St Julie’s School in Woolton, just days before members of the family who gave the land for the people head to Liverpool.

Thousands of people have signed a petition protesting at the loss of any part of Woolton Woods for the new school, even though the council insists extra land will be made public to compensate for the loss.

The council says the new St Julie’s Catholic High School will benefit around 1,000 children and their families in Woolton.

The £20m plan, it adds, will create a fit-for-purpose building as well as opening up most of a privately owned woodland behind the school. It says this will more than compensate for the loss of less than five percent of a neighbouring field.

The three and four storey building replaces a worn out and tired 1960s design which is no longer suitable for modern teaching methods and needs significant repairs and maintenance, the council contends.

But according to Woolton resident and award-winning architect Sue Carmichael the scheme will ruin a major green space in Liverpool.

“Architects in this country and around the world manage to create solutions on a daily basis to overcome building and design problems,” she told Liverpool Confidential. “At St Julie’s there is ample space to plan and build a new school without taking an inch from Woolton Woods.

“The extra land they are offering in return does not in any way compensate for what we will lose. Woolton, as a village, existed 200 years before Liverpool and has become an international destination in its own right.

“I know the architects who have drawn up the project and I know they are capable, if they are allowed to, of building within the present site.”

She added: “Today I went to do some measuring on the proposed site and it is clear it will have a profound impact on the village main street. What makes this so sad is it is absolutely unnecessary.”

Members of the family of war hero Col. Sir James Reynolds will visit Woolton Woods this weekend to unveil a plaque to mark his birth in the village 150 years ago. He donated the land for the benefit of the people around the end of World War One.

St Julies - Current Building ViewThe current school

The council says the new school buildings are being sympathetically designed in line with the Woolton Village Conservation Area, and will be further away from the Grade I listed Woolton Hall than the existing school.

Cllr Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “This scheme will deliver a fantastic new school for the area, benefiting hundreds of families who live in and around Woolton, as well as the wider community.

“It is absolutely vital that the area gets a new school and we have been able to come up with a plan which delivers a new school largely on the existing site.

“There is also an exciting opportunity here to develop a new piece of public space which can be used by the whole community, and deliver an increase in the amount of land available for use by local people.”

Head teacher of St Julie’s, Tim Alderman, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the plans for our new school, which will enable current and future generations of students in this community to benefit from fantastic educational facilities.

“I hope the community will continue to use our range of facilities out of school hours too, as well as enjoy the woodland areas that the Trustees have said could form part of this proposal.”

 Ideas for the new public space include a children’s play area, woodland trail, cycle routes, trim trail and woodland management if deemed appropriate. It would be funded as part of the school development as a community-led project.

St Julies New Alt 2

The council insists a complete rebuild on the existing footprint of the St Julie’s site is not feasible due to tight site constraints, and a comprehensive survey of the local area has shown there are no other suitable sites nearby which would deliver a large enough building, or with safe access for pupils and staff.

The planning application is expected to be considered in April 2015 and if approved the school is expected to be completed in autumn 2016.

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AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2015.

A Kier architect at the "consultation" in December stated to a number of consultees that the school could actually be rebuilt on site and in a number of different designs. Look at the maps the school site is enormous. The Council is deliberately telling porky pies in order to maximise the land available to sell to property developers for executive housing. I wonder whether Redrow might be that developer? A labour council selling off a public park, gifted to the people of Liverpool, to line the coffers of the Mayor and his cronies. Another disgusting betrayal of the people.

AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2015.

Oh look - it's another on of those private-sector prisons run by G4S!

KesFebruary 2nd 2015.

I am quite sure that the Council used the same old excuses to knock down the soundly-built, serviceable and versatile school buildings put up in the 1890s to replace them with the cardboard crap school "buildings" they've been throwing up since the 1960s - the ones that keep having to be replaced regularly at great cost.

AnonymousFebruary 2nd 2015.

Two mature healthy horse chestnuts and a healthy lime tree have already been felled at the current entrance to St Julies, could this be in preparation for the new enlarged entrance for contractors? So much for consultation. St Julies and the council appear to have inside prior knowledge of the outcome of the planning application etc. They do not need any additional land they can use the existing land on the present school site that they are selling off for housing Thirty pieces of silver comes to mind, how low can this council, go they are betraying our city

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John KnoxFebruary 3rd 2015.

The Catholic Mafia...

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2015.

When will the council get the message that THEY do not own the parks and woods and green areas in and around the city. The people of Liverpool do and it is they who should have the say on what gets built and where. This council has closed and demolished perfectly servicable schools as they asset strip the city.What is a "fit for purpose" building ? and why would they build a "not fit for purpose building?" Moronic men of false power are doing immeasurable damage- who will speak out?

SaladDazeFebruary 3rd 2015.

A school is to be 'delivered'. Will they get it through the letter box? or is this one of those caesareans?

AnonymousFebruary 3rd 2015.

Why cant they move to Parklands an empty and purpose built school only a few years old?

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Flash HarryFebruary 3rd 2015.

Because the nuns and the archdiocese are a bunch of snobs.

Paul WardFebruary 3rd 2015.

Dreadful buildings, badly oriented and badly situated. Horrible.

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