10/10/2014

Bishop and Mayor visit St Hilda’s school site for dedication ceremony

The Mayor of Liverpool and the Bishop of Warrington led a dedication ceremony and laid a foundation stone on the Morgan Sindall site of St Hilda’s School in Sefton Park.

Mayor Anderson, Rt Revd Richard Blackburn and the project team from Morgan Sindall welcomed guests at the £15 million St Hilda’s Church of England High School site before laying a foundation stone at the School and being taken on a tour of the site itself.

Currently housed in a 1970s era building, St Hilda’s CE High School is a three-storey building which no longer meets the school’s requirements. With funding from Liverpool City Council and procured under the North West Construction Hub, the new three-storey school is now emerging which will provide a modern learning environment. The work started there in February and is due to complete in April 2016. 

Karen Fairhurst, Morgan Sindall’s project manager at the site, said: “It was great to welcome the Mayor of Liverpool and Bishop of Warrington to the site for the ceremony. We are proud of what we have achieved here so far and it is very important for them both to see how it is progressing.

“This is a challenging build process with the existing building still in use and with a series of tree preservation orders but we are looking forward to delivering a first class School to the existing and to the new pupils in 2016.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson said: “It was great to be a part of the ceremony and to meet the team delivering this important project. Creating high quality new school buildings for children in the city is a key part of our drive to improve educational standards. The new St Hilda’s is really taking shape and will provide a creative learning space for our youngsters for generations to come.”

Bishop of Warrington, Richard Blackburn said: “St Hildas is a first class school providing high quality Christian education. It has badly  needed new facilities to help it continue to provide teaching at such an excellent level. So I am delighted to have been able to witness the next stage of the development of these new buildings. I pray for the ongoing success of the building work and look forward to seeing the brand new school in 2016"

The school is one of 18 being delivered under the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme. Upon completion, St Hilda’s will accept boys for the first time and will increase its pupil count to 930. Along with new teaching accommodation, the re-organisation of the site allows for the development of a multi-use sports hall and outdoor sports pitches.