3D render of Hempland Primary School’s new building

Plans to construct a new two-storey building for Hempland Primary School have been unanimously approved by City of York Council’s planning committee.

Hempland successfully achieved a place on the government’s School Rebuilding Programme which carries out major rebuilding and refurbishment projects in schools and colleges across England. The school’s current building has reached the end of its functional life and will be completely rebuilt under the Department for Education led programme.

The school and Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust have been working closely with the Department for Education and contractor, ISG Construction, on the plans for the new building.

A spokesperson for Pathfinder Multi Academy Trust said: “We are delighted that the project has passed this important milestone and are looking forward to continuing our successful partnership with the DfE and ISG to deliver a world-class school for the Hempland community.”

The new school is designed to be net carbon zero in operation and will be built to the latest construction standards. It will provide modern, state of the art facilities to help support an excellent and enriching education and will include a main hall, kitchen, library, staff room and reception area along with classrooms, cloakrooms, toilets and offices.

Under the approved plans, the new building will be constructed behind the current school avoiding the need for any temporary accommodation during construction. Once the new school is open, the old building will be demolished to make way for an Early Years play area and landscaping.

Work on site is due to begin early next year and is expected to be completed by Autumn 2025.