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Mellish project to miss start of school year

OLD SCHOOL -- the distinctive former Henry Mellish School building in Bulwell, which was demolished two years ago.
OLD SCHOOL -- the distinctive former Henry Mellish School building in Bulwell, which was demolished two years ago.

An important scheme project to build an extension to a school at a landmark location in Bulwell has been delayed.

The site of the former Henry Mellish School, off Highbury Road, is to be home for a £5.4 million enlargement to Heathfield Primary School, which is about a mile away on Scotland Road in Basford.

It will increase the number of places at the school from 280 to 700, making it one of the biggest primaries in the county. And the first batch of 60 pupils was expected to move into the new classrooms after the summer holidays

However, construction work has been put back four weeks, so the building will now open for the new school year in October, rather than September.

“I have written to all parents to explain,” said head teacher Gary Fullwood. “The smooth transition will allow us to expand our high standards to more children in the community.” Nottingham’s director of education, Pat Fielding, said: “I apologise for the disruption. This is a major project that will offer state-of-the-art facilities.”

The extension has been designed by Nottingham architects CPMG and is being built by Wates Construction, of Derby.