Job centre in Coventry set to be demolished as school expansion planned

Old job centre plus buildings on Torrington Avenue could be demolished for a school expansion
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A number of former job centre buildings could be bulldozed so a Coventry school can expand, it has been revealed. Plans to demolish the blocks were lodged by the city council last week.

It would make way for a new educational building and extra sports facilities for Finham Park 2 school. The buildings at Torrington Avenue in Tile Hill were last used as a Job Centre Plus.

The centre closed in 2018 to merge with another site in the city. Designs for the expansion at the school are expected to be sent in this July.

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The council say they have a 'growing need' to add 30 places to the city centre-based school after being at 'teaching capacity,' according to the report by Lungfish Architects.

Finham Park School
Finham Park School -Credit:Reach

The preferred plan for the site would be to see 6-7 new classrooms being built, with some ready by autumn.

A new office and meeting rooms would then be built on the old job centre site in the next phase of plans in January 2025. A site "masterplan" shows a soft outdoor PE/soft informal space would also be created in this area.

There are also plans for a new "grab and go" facility that would "ease pressures" on the school's dining hall. Plans can be viewed on the council's planning portal under reference: PL/2024/0000939/PAPD

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