PLANS for a new, eight-classroom teaching block at a Salisbury school have been submitted.
The scheme would see the three-storey teaching block built on land to the rear of the Bishopgate building at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, in Exeter Street, visible from Friary Lane.
It would replace two temporary classroom structures currently in the space, with one moved and used during building work, to be removed once the new block is completed.
“The application site is located adjacent to Friary Lane and currently consists of two temporary mobile classroom units,” the plan said.
“The site is out of the view of the cathedral and is located outside, but adjacent to, the Conservation Area.”
It said the temporary classrooms currently in use are ‘beyond their life cycle’.
“The new classroom block will be accessed via the walkway through Bishopgate as previously used for the mobiles,” it went on.
“The proposal will consist of eight classrooms over the three floors, all accessed via a lift in addition to two stairways for fire compartmental safety.
“The proposed new classroom block will also provide a large toilet facility and disabled WC on the ground floor, in addition to ample office and storage space.”
Designed by Peter Smith Associates Architects, the application says the building had been ‘carefully considered to ensure there is no impact on the adjacent properties’.
“The adjacent properties on Friary Lane consist of a four-storey residential duplex apartment block to the left along the street scene to the proposed new classroom block, which is approximately 11m in height, and to the right along the street scene there are two-storey semi-detached dwellings approximately 9m in height.”
The plans come after a previous application to extend the use of the temporary classrooms was granted earlier this year.
For more details on the plans, and to comment, log on to www.wiltshire.gov.uk and search for application reference PL/2023/03504.