Demolition forges new school-and-scouts link

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The demolition of a Fylde school has led to a unique partnership between a scouts group and nursery.

Earlier this year, Heyhouses Church of England School confirmed it would build a new learning centre, replacing its old site in Clarendon Road North.

Just weeks after term finished in July, wrecking crews began the first phase of work tearing down the nursery school, pictured, ahead of a £4.5m rebuilding project.

The demolition of the existing building has meant that the nursery has had to move into temporary accommodation for the next 12 months and with the full support and co-operation of Fylde scouts, the nursery has moved into the recently rebuilt accommodation at the District Scout Headquarters and Activity Centre on Heyhouses Lane, St Annes.

District commissioner Mike Smith said: “We are delighted that this opportunity has arisen making the building available to the wider community, in addition to raising the profile of scouting.”

Andy Wolfe, the architect who helped design the new site, scheduled to open in September 2014, said: “We’re very excited and proud to have been chosen to design and deliver the new home for Heyhouses Nursery School.

“We think it’s a fantastic scheme that will provide a great learning environment for local children to begin their school life.”