Bulldozers move in on Shipton Street School site

York Press: Demolition work starts on the former Shipton Street School, in York Demolition work starts on the former Shipton Street School, in York

WORK has finally got under way to turn a former York primary school into homes.

Diggers have moved in and started clearing and excavating the playground at the old Shipton Street School site which has been derelict and boarded up for more than nine years since the school closed.

Work on transforming the buildings which once housed Shipton Street School in Clifton into 37 new homes have been dogged by delays for several years, despite appeals from local residents to rid the area of the eyesore.

Advent Developments, which is behind the Shipton Mews scheme, next to York City’s Bootham Crescent ground, sought financial backing from a national housebuilding initiative designed to push forward schemes which have stalled.

Paul Landais-Stamp, City of York Council’s housing strategy manager, said: “City of York Council introduced Advent to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), and supported its bid for which, subject to agreement on conditions, the HCA has agreed to provide funding for the scheme through the government’s Get Britain Building programme.

“We understand that Advent is also in discussions with their main funder for the scheme which aims to deliver much-needed housing – including affordable homes – and we continue to have a constructive dialogue with both Advent and the HCA.”

The listed school building was originally considered as a potential new home for the Arc Light homeless centre, but the idea was dropped following local opposition.

The new homes are expected to be two storeys high and the development would include gated access, a courtyard and green space.

Clifton councillor Ken King said: “It’s good news for that part of the city.

“There’s a lot of work gone into coming up with plans for the site and getting them through both on the part of the council and the developers and I’m delighted to see they are finally coming to fruition.

“It’s a wonderful scheme that they putting forward and it will be of real benefit to the area around the site.”

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9:48am Fri 12 Oct 12

meme says...

Interesting they needed a grant to make this work?
It shows how small private developers cannot provide affordable without support which is getting thinner on the ground
Interesting they needed a grant to make this work? It shows how small private developers cannot provide affordable without support which is getting thinner on the ground meme
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9:51am Fri 12 Oct 12

Mister Sheen says...

Miss Pearson and Miss Bennett will be spinning in their graves!!
Miss Pearson and Miss Bennett will be spinning in their graves!! Mister Sheen
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10:12am Fri 12 Oct 12

Yorkie41 says...

Such fond memories of this school in the 40s. It will be a sad day for some.But life goes on. Good by Shipo.
Such fond memories of this school in the 40s. It will be a sad day for some.But life goes on. Good by Shipo. Yorkie41
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10:54am Fri 12 Oct 12

redbluelion says...

my first school,i loved it there..mrs pearson and mrs bennett both fantastic people and great teachers remember them well.i remember when in my teens climbing up on the roof watching york city reserve games..i also remember the school canteen getting closed down,because of the gas heaters sending all the kids to sleep.and the string'beans the dinner lady's would try forcing down our necks..yuck..
my first school,i loved it there..mrs pearson and mrs bennett both fantastic people and great teachers remember them well.i remember when in my teens climbing up on the roof watching york city reserve games..i also remember the school canteen getting closed down,because of the gas heaters sending all the kids to sleep.and the string'beans the dinner lady's would try forcing down our necks..yuck.. redbluelion
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5:05pm Fri 12 Oct 12

scooterboy says...

such a shame
such a shame scooterboy
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6:59pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Protography says...

Brings back memories seeing those pics.
Brings back memories seeing those pics. Protography
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7:29pm Fri 12 Oct 12

only human says...

mrs ridsdale was a great teacher and she was still their to teach my own 2 sons on the 1980s.She used to play the guitar and sing out stories,making them so much more interesting,
mrs ridsdale was a great teacher and she was still their to teach my own 2 sons on the 1980s.She used to play the guitar and sing out stories,making them so much more interesting, only human
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7:40pm Fri 12 Oct 12

Pedro says...

Never went there, but good teachers are always remembered. Hope they know this.
Never went there, but good teachers are always remembered. Hope they know this. Pedro
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10:08am Sat 13 Oct 12

Charles Longbottom says...

As well as the aforementioned teachers, also Mr Lund, headmaster of St Lawrence's in the early 1960's
As well as the aforementioned teachers, also Mr Lund, headmaster of St Lawrence's in the early 1960's Charles Longbottom
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10:11am Sat 13 Oct 12

Charles Longbottom says...

What a shame as it is an architecturally interesting building from the outside. I guess the inside was very similar to most schools of that era
What a shame as it is an architecturally interesting building from the outside. I guess the inside was very similar to most schools of that era Charles Longbottom
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4:50pm Sat 13 Oct 12

bagnall1928@yahoo.com says...

I wonder if anyone will salvage some of the timber, plus the bricks.
the old bricks are worth salvaging!
I have spent many hours cleaning bricks by hand for repair work on historic houses I have restored.
Some of the old clamp bricks are especially valuable to keep.]
It is hard work but can yield valuable material.
The old sash windows etc. that are usually made of very good wood can be restored for old buildings and match in also.
I remember a house I restored alongside the
river Trent having its
roof beams made of old ships timbers cut to size but otherwise just as they were..
I wonder if anyone will salvage some of the timber, plus the bricks. the old bricks are worth salvaging! I have spent many hours cleaning bricks by hand for repair work on historic houses I have restored. Some of the old clamp bricks are especially valuable to keep.] It is hard work but can yield valuable material. The old sash windows etc. that are usually made of very good wood can be restored for old buildings and match in also. I remember a house I restored alongside the river Trent having its roof beams made of old ships timbers cut to size but otherwise just as they were.. bagnall1928@yahoo.com
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