Council to hire contractor for Harrogate school expansion
Last updated Oct 1, 2023
Springwater School in Starbeck.
Springwater School in Starbeck.

North Yorkshire Council is set to hire a contractor to expand Springwater School and refurbish Oak Beck House in Harrogate.

The authority will take on the procurement exercise over the next six months.

It comes as senior councillors backed plans to increase the capacity at Springwater School in Starbeck by 45 pupils in February this year.

According to a council report, the work is earmarked to start in August 2024 and is due to be complete by May 2025.

It says:

“The scheme will create additional teaching space at Springwater School, Harrogate and adaptations and refurbishment at Oak Beck House, Harrogate.”

No cost for the work is included in the report.

Springwater School, which is based off High Street, teaches children aged two to 19 with “profound and multiple, severe or physical difficulties”.

At a meeting in February, the council said the move would help to provide “more local, quality in-house special school places” within the county.

As part of the plan, the council intends to spend £3.1 million from its High Needs Provision Capital Allocation, which is granted by government.

Meanwhile, the council also intends to carry out refurbishment work to Oak Beck House on Electric Avenue.

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