THE dining room and kitchen of an Exeter school is having to be re-built as it is not safe to be inside when there is snow on the roof.
Devon County Council has put in a planning application for a new building, virtually on the footprint of the old one at Ladysmith Infants’ School.
If given the go-ahead it will provide kitchen and dining facilities and a teaching area to be used in conjunction with the adjacent outside environmental area.
The current building is a post war HORSA building (huts which were constructed on raising of the school leaving age).
All these buildings are suffering from general structural deterioration of the reinforced concrete frames.
The building at Ladysmith has one of the highest backlog maintenance costs in the whole of the Devon Schools’ Estate. Given that the maintenance concerns relate to all the key structural elements of the building – roof, walls, windows, electrical services etc – the view has been taken by the county council that a complete replacement will be more cost effective in the long run than any effort to repair it.