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Thursday, 17 April 2014

Demolition work begins at Carlisle's former St Aidan's school

Demolition work has begun at St Aidan’s County High School in Carlisle.

Carlisle school demolition photo
Work starts on the former St Aidan's County High School site

Specialist teams have been brought in to do the work on the old buildings.

The former nursery and technology blocks will be the first to go.

The school in Lismore Place is being demolished to make way for the state-of-the-art Richard Rose Central Academy.

Last year most pupils moved to the former North Cumbria Technology College in Harraby so building work could start.

Sixth formers are the only pupils still being taught in Lismore Place.

The group Save Britain’s Heritage and the Victorian Society battled to save the oldest part of the building, which dates back 100 years. They said it would involve the loss of an excellent Victorian/Edwardian building.

Richard Rose Central Academy is due to be completed by January 2011.

St Aidan’s is the former Carlisle and County High School for Girls.

It opened in 1909 and was the first secondary school in Cumbria to admit girls from all backgrounds and with all abilities.

Proposals for the £30m new academy in won planning consent in February despite concerns over parking.

A further £5m will also be invested in Lismore Place with the building of the city’s Youth Zone

Have your say

i am sad to see my old school being demolished.have alot of memories from 1973 to 1978.shame on you

Posted by shirley hewitson on 24 September 2012 at 22:09

I am shocked that they are demolishing the old part of the former Carlisle and County High School for Girls. I remember it as being a beautiful building. I suppose it will be replaced by the usual characterless glass monstrosity. I will hang on to the sixth form photo we had taken on the steps leading up to the main door.

Posted by Judith Tillson (ne Eden) on 26 March 2012 at 19:23

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