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Work set to begin on Putney primary school

Wandsworth Council has announced that it has appointed Durkan as the construction firm responsible for carrying out plans to convert the derelict Putney Hospital site into a new local primary school.

Demolition is set to begin later this week, with the Putney Oasis Academy expected to open its doors in time for September 2016.

Once completed, the new school will have an overall capacity of 420 places and will help to address the projected shortfall in primary capacity throughout the borough.

Funding for the project will come from the sale of land at the northern end of the site currently holding around 24 flats, which contains a disused nurses’ accommodation block.

As a result, there is unlikely to be a substantial financial impact on local taxpayers, with much of the money coming from the developers themselves.

The derelict hospital officially closed its doors to patients back in 1999 and has remained vacant ever since.

It was acquired by the council in 2012 and officials hope the plans will help to regenerate the area.

Education spokesman, councillor Kathy Tracey said: “After 15 years of dereliction this site will now be transformed into a new primary school for the people of Putney. These extra places will help to meet rising local demand and will give parents greater choice when it comes to selecting a school for their children.”

Chairman of the conservators David Devons added: "Following negotiation of the easement by one of the country's leading firms of chartered surveyors, we are pleased that work can now commence to restore and enhance Common land and enable this derelict site once again to benefit the local community."

The news comes after plans were unveiled for another 420-pupil academy in Earlsfield, while there are also plans to rollout extra classes at four other primaries this September.ADNFCR-1203-ID-801743267-ADNFCR

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