SCHOOLS across Hartlepool are set to benefit from £1.8m worth of investment including several getting new roofs.
Hartlepool Borough Council recently carried out roof surveys following the bad winter weather which revealed a number of schools were in need of new roofs, with work set to start before the summer holidays.
The decision was taken by councillors sitting on the children’s services committee, which met at the Civic Centre, in Hartlepool, and the primary and secondary schools to benefit from new roofs are:
Clavering Primary, Golden Flatts Primary, Greatham Primary, Hart Primary School, Rift House Primary School, High Tunstall College of Science and Rift House Children’s Centre.
Other building work at some schools include rewiring work, new boilers and new cloak and hand basins.
Gill Alexander, the council’s director of child and adult services, outlined the roofing plans in a report.
Ms Alexander said: “A new phase of school roof surveys was commissioned by child and adult services department as a direct result of the unusual weather and subsequent advice received from the building, design and construction section.
“Therefore a fully intrusive appraisal of the roofs in order to identify where risks may be present which could lead to safeguarding and business continuity issues if left undiscovered was recommended.
“As a result of the intrusive surveys and the data obtained, a number of high priority roofing schemes require to be undertaken.”
Committee members agreed the plans which will be funded from the Schools’ Capital Works Programme for 2014-15, in order to start the majority of the work in time for them to be carried out during the six-week summer holiday period.
The total available funding for the work, which includes the new roofing, is £1,876,857.
Ms Alexander added: “Although members are asked to approve works totalling £1,884,294, which slightly exceeds the available funding, all schemes have a contingency figure built into the costs, therefore officers are confident that the programme is affordable.
“The programme will be carefully managed to ensure there is no risk of overspending. It is also expected that some 2013-14 schemes will be completed under budget, offsetting this shortfall.”