Double school progress for Hounslow

Plans for two new schools in Hounslow have progressed.

Plans for a new £10 million primary school in Heston have gone to consultation. The new building for Westbrook primary school (formerly Andrew Ewing) aims to improve the current teaching environment, increase capacity, provide a nursery to replace the current temporary buildings, and a new specialist unit for partially sighted pupils.

The school is being rebuilt to both increase its size to handle additional numbers of children, and to improve the quality of the teaching spaces. Noise issues from planes limit the use of many areas of the existing building for teaching.

Cllr Steve Curran, cabinet member for education and housing at the council, said: “The current school has reached the end of its useful life – the classrooms aren’t fit for modern teaching, and noise issues limit the amount of space that can be used.

“Because of the noise issues from planes, teachers can’t just open the windows when it’s warm. To get around this, we’ll be using earth tubes to ventilate and light the building.”

The proposed building will be very energy efficient, and a high level of insulation will help manage the temperature as well as minimise the noise disruption from planes passing overhead.

And in Brentford

Meanwhile, a new school for Brentford has moved a step closer after councillors agreed a potential site with developers.

A new three form entry primary school could be built on a 2 acre site on the Commerce Road development, subject to the existing bus depot on the site being relocated.

Following the agreement to buy the land from the developer ISIS for £1, a suitable location must be found for the bus garage that currently occupies the site.

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