Plans for the new Orchard School and Newark Day Centre on schedule

13 September 2018

The £15m scheme to build the new Orchard Special School and Newark Day Centre is on schedule to open in April 2020.

The area in Balderton, which is currently made up of the now demolished Grove Leisure Centre, existing Newark Day Centre, a former Pupil Referral Unit building and small landscape depot, will be completely transformed.

Councillors on the Policy Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council (today, 12 September) heard that detailed designs for the new special school and the day centre will be submitted by the end of September 2018.

Councillor Philip Owen, chairman of the Children and Young People’s Committee, said he was delighted that the plans were progressing well and on schedule for the April 2020 opening.

He said: “The replacement of Orchard Special School is a key aspiration of the County Council and the new premises will undoubtedly deliver outstanding service for vulnerable children and adults for many years to come.

“We have consulted widely with service users and stakeholders of the existing facilities, and the new designs have been drawn up to ensure their views are central to the scheme.”

The redevelopment of the complete site will mean that the existing day centre will be demolished. To facilitate this, Woods Court in Newark, a residential care and support centre, will be adapted as a temporary new home for the existing day service, whilst the redevelopment work takes place.

The designs being submitted are for a 140-place school, with capacity for expansion to 170 places in the future.

Orchard Special School is currently split between two buildings at separate sites in Newark - Appletongate and London Road.

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