Leeds pupils visit former school development

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Youngsters from Five Lanes Primary School in Upper Wortley closed the door on summer term with a visit to Greenhill Fold to learn about housebuilding and how historic buildings can be given a new lease of life.

The children, who are all on the school council, were given an insight into the construction industry as well as learning how houses are built and the dangers associated with construction sites. They were also given the opportunity to explore the houses on the £8million village development on the former grade II listed Upper Wortley School.

The building is being transformed into 13 two and three bedroom loft style house, with a further 36, two, three and four bedroom, contemporary homes are being built within the school’s grounds. Half of the 49 homes, which are being developed by Leeds companies Rushbond Group and Advent Developments, have already been reserved off plan.

The pupils were accompanied by deputy headteacher Linda Way and ICT Manager Julie Falkinder, who both previously worked at the former school.

Mrs Way said: “It’s fantastic that the building will now have a new lease of life and, after teaching at the old school for 12 years, it was fascinating to step foot inside again and see how it has been completely transformed into high quality homes. It was particularly nice to see that so many of the building’s original features have been retained, such as the tall and decorative windows that offer far-reaching views and the roof trusses that were a key feature of the old assembly hall.”

A show home will open next month. Visit www.greenhillfold.co.uk for more information.

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