The future of Prendergast

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Lisa: What bad things? Why?
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- The Simpsons, Guess Who's Coming to Criticise Dinner?

Prendergast Hily Fields College is tempting fate by trying to do what other Lewisham schools have tried and failed to achieve: an upgrade of their facilities without pesky local objectors ruining their plans.

The final public consultation is on April 24th between 10am and 1pm at the Adelaide Avenue Exam Hall.

The school says:

Prendergast Hilly Fields College is due to undergo a multi million pound transformation as part of the London Borough of Lewisham’s Building Schools for the Future programme. The new school will be a fantastic 21st Century learning environment, with state-of-the-art community facilities and leading edge Information technology throughout.

Brockley Central understands that the rebuild will involve some decanting in to temporary classrooms located on Hilly Fields itself.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

I appreciate the need to update but don't think they should be allowed to take up space in a public park at the expense of other users

Rosie Hattersley said...

I'm confused by the plans. Are they intending to knock down the existing brick buildings?

Might pop along and find out tomorrow actually

Anonymous said...

I assumed that it was linked to the rebuilding of the lower site on Adelaide Ave. They need to build temporary buildings while this is done. However they'll be there for 2 years (and let's face it, it's bound to be longer). One of the proposed locations for these temp buildings appears to be the tennis courts???? Or have I got that wrong?

Hilly said...

From the info I was sent it isn't the tennis courts but the flat piece of grass alongside the top building, unless there are two options at this stage. If they are consulting then they should get there plans sorted so we can read them easily.

We have had people wondering why they aren't using the carpark on site. I too plan to go along tomorrow to check things out.

TresilliaNO said...

It is the modern buildings, 15 year old ones, I am told, which they are demolishing. Fortunately some one has twigged modern education can be provided in Victorian school buildings. Although I suspect the conservation area and the Evelyn Dunbar murals and a listing have helped focus people's minds.

so... said...

So when the school was renamed Prendergast Hilly Fields... I didn't actually think this meant that it was going to co opt part of Hilly Fields for classrooms...

Paddyom said...

I went to the consultation in the school and the proposed location for the temporary classrooms is definitely the tennis courts, as explained by the head-mistress. It may be for a few years until the school is finished. The 'pay off' for allowing them to use it is that the school will pay for a resufacing of the courts once the school is finished, perhaps no consolation for those avid tennis players.

Brockley Nick said...

All of the tennis courts or just some of them?

I'd rather lose some grass than the tennis courts, which are very well used. At least there is plenty more grass to play on.

TJ said...

Tennis court loss is not on - those courts are used in all seaasons. Why not use some of the grass to the front of the school. This has got 'cost' written all over it - the tennis courts provide a stable base for the temp classrooms.

confused said...

Has anyone worked out if those very large green portacabins (by the narrow footpath where lots of people take there dogs especially to have a quiet dump)will fit on the carpark in the school grounds?

The plan which I was emailed showed them on the grass in park not the tennis courts are there two options circulating?

Equally confused said...

When I looked at the plans I didn't think it was the tennis courts, I thought it was the flat bit of ground to one side of the school (Eastern Avenue side).

Anonymous said...

This isn't the first local school scheme where they have produced plans which are difficult for the public to read. Do you think they do it on purpose?

Anonymous said...

I think they do it on purpose. They could easily have put on the road name and labelled the tennis courts. It is pretty basic.

hilly said...

Just skimmed through the design access statement on the planning website.

http://acolnet.lewisham.gov.uk/LEWIS-XSLPagesDC/acolnetcgi.exe?ACTION=UNWRAP&RIPNAME=Root.PgeResultDetail&TheSystemkey=59587

There were two options for resiting the temporary classrooms. One was on the tennis courts and one on the grass area adjacent to the old school building.

The tennis court option was discounted following the first consultation. So we are now looking at the option on the grass area.

This will require removal of two trees, which are not supposed to be good quality, we will check. These will be replaced at the end of the project with two of greater quality.

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