Coventry School to Demolish Asbestos-Ridden Swimming Pool Building

President Kennedy School in Coventry receives permission to demolish its disused swimming pool building due to high asbestos levels and damage. The school must first meet council conditions, including approval of its landscaping and ecology plans, before proceeding with demolition.

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Coventry School to Demolish Asbestos-Ridden Swimming Pool Building

Coventry School to Demolish Asbestos-Ridden Swimming Pool Building

President Kennedy School in Coventry has received permission from the city council to demolish its disused swimming pool building, which has been found to contain high levels of asbestos. The building, closed since 2016, has also suffered damage from weather, rats, and other wildlife.

Why this matters: The removal of asbestos from public buildings is crucial for ensuring the health and safety of students, staff, and the surrounding community. The demolition of this building highlights the importance of proactive measures to address hazardous materials in educational facilities.

The Futures Trust, which runs the school, stated that the building is no longer safe due to the asbestos. The swimming pool was spared when the old school buildings were demolished four years ago, but has since fallen into disrepair.

While the council granted demolition permission at the end of last year, it attached several conditions that must be met before the demolition can proceed. One key requirement is the approval of the school's proposed landscaping and ecology scheme for the site once the pool building is removed.

To address this, the school has now submitted a new application to the city council detailing its plans for the site's landscaping along with a nesting bird activity report. The proposals are currently under consideration by the council and can be viewed by the public on the council's website under the planning application reference PL/2024/0000820/DCA.

The demolition of the swimming pool building marks another step in the redevelopment of President Kennedy School. The aging school buildings were demolished in 2020 to make way for new, modern facilities to better serve students. However, the swimming pool building was retained at that time before its condition deteriorated, necessitating its current removal.

Once the landscaping and ecology plans are approved by the council and the other stipulated conditions are met, the school will be able to proceed with safely demolishing and removing the hazardous swimming pool structure. This will enable the land to be repurposed as part of the school's ongoing modernization to provide an improved educational environment for local students.

Key Takeaways

  • President Kennedy School in Coventry to demolish disused swimming pool building due to high asbestos levels.
  • Building has been closed since 2016 and suffered damage from weather, rats, and wildlife.
  • Council granted demolition permission with conditions, including approval of landscaping and ecology plans.
  • School submitted new application with plans for site's landscaping and nesting bird activity report.
  • Demolition will enable land to be repurposed as part of school's modernization plans.