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Refurb of school without decanting children

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Falconhoof1 Tue 21-Mar-17 19:14:05

My ds primary school of being extensively refurbished without removing children to another site. This is concerning me as its obviously going to cause a lot of dust, there's dry rot to be treated and the school will be a building site for about a year. There's a meeting about it coming up soon and i was wondering what sort of questions to ask. The council will no doubt say that it is completely safe. The children will be moved to occupy the half of the school that's not being worked on then swapped round for the second half of the refurb. What would your concerns be?

Hassled Tue 21-Mar-17 19:17:38

Presumably the children aren't being moved to another site because there isn't another appropriate site to move them to. It's reasonable to ask about dust levels and what they can do to seal off areas to prevent the spread of dust, but they will have done fairly thorough risk assessments - they can't just lie about the level of safety, so they won't. It sounds like it's unavoidable - if there's dry rot they can't wait until the summer.

Falconhoof1 Tue 21-Mar-17 19:22:08

Ok thanks for that. Probably getting all wound up for nothing. The meeting will be helpful I'm sure. There is apparently a lot of space at a nearby secondary school but that would have it's own issues to worry about!

Spongesecret008 Tue 21-Mar-17 19:31:52

My ds's school is being refurbished and extended. Some of the kids remained in the school and others have been in porta Kabins. It has been going on since August last year and due to be completed by August this year. It has been so much better than I thought it would be. It has been really well organised and the children have been happy. My ds has made the most progress he has ever made this year. I think there have not been as many events and activities to take them away from their school work this year.

I would definitely ask about noise while the children are in class. Also will entry and exit to the school be affected. It can be really congested when a whole school have to come and go through one exit. Will it affect parking outside the school. How will they continue to have gym and assemblys while the gym hall is being refurbished. Is the lunch hall being refurbished? Will this affect lunch times. Will children have the same size play ground to play in? How will the children be kept away from building equipment at playtime. How does the whole school fit into half a school. Will there be a desk for everyone and somewhere to hang their coat.

Falconhoof1 Tue 21-Mar-17 19:35:11

Thanks for your reply. Several issues there I hadn't thought of. Good to know your refurb experience has been positive too!

shirleycartersaidso Tue 21-Mar-17 20:30:35

The the contractors dealing with it will be specialists at working in occupied sites, noisy works and particularly disruptive works / deliveries will be restricted to out of hours. It will be fine!

2014newme Wed 22-Mar-17 14:44:09

Our school had tents on the school field!

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