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Old July 30th, 2015, 11:29 AM   #1
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Ruth Gorse Academy - Black Bull Street

New £28m campus to be the biggest Free school in the country with 1580 pupils opening September 2016 on the former Yorkshire Chemicals site on Black Bull Street.
Received planning permission 23rd July 2015.
15/02470/FU | Development of new secondary free school with associated sports and recreation facilities, parking and landscaping. Black Bull Street Hunslet Leeds LS10

http://ruthgorse.leeds.sch.uk/

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Some preliminary earthworks have alredy taken place

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Old July 30th, 2015, 12:14 PM   #2
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There are machines on site now although they seem to still be preparing the site rather than an actual start of construction although they cant hang about if they are to keep to their opening date.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 12:49 PM   #3
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I wonder how much land decontamination will have to take place before building work proper starts. If I recall correctly, there was some cleaning up done before construction began on Clarence Dock (as it was called then) because of concerns that there might have been seepage of contaminants from the Yorkshire Chemicals site.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 01:28 PM   #4
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I'm pretty sure that YCL had to take care of that some time ago before any of the land could be put forward for development. It's on another thread somewhere I think, but a long way back.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 01:46 PM   #5
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I wonder how much land decontamination will have to take place before building work proper starts. If I recall correctly, there was some cleaning up done before construction began on Clarence Dock (as it was called then) because of concerns that there might have been seepage of contaminants from the Yorkshire Chemicals site.
IIRC the land had to left vacant for a minimum number of years, with regular samples taken for analysis.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 02:26 PM   #6
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Would of prefered to see a bit more 'green space' in those early drawings but then again this is a inner city school on a brownfield site.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 03:47 PM   #7
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From looking at all the plans, it's a bit unclear what the will happen with the top North-East section of the site until a decision is made on the trolly-bus/Tram etc?

It doesn't look great having a nice new building all finished, but with a section of partially walled off wasteland left between Chadwick Street and the site. Would be good to see this grassed over at least - anyone know further?
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Old July 30th, 2015, 08:34 PM   #8
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Think a bigger grass area would be nice, generally and for the kids to play on.
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Old July 30th, 2015, 08:54 PM   #9
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I wonder how much land decontamination will have to take place before building work proper starts. If I recall correctly, there was some cleaning up done before construction began on Clarence Dock (as it was called then) because of concerns that there might have been seepage of contaminants from the Yorkshire Chemicals site.
If you remember they did extensive decontamination works on the Building College site before works commenced including pumping anti contaminants into the ground. If they have to do the same on this site it would delay commencement but surely they would not have quoted such a tight timetable if they knew that.
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There's ten heavy machines on site. big boys toys. I've got a window view overlooking from The Malthouse - but I can't upload images to this site.
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Excellent, thanks Befuddle, it's certainly properly underway now by the sound of it.
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There's ten heavy machines on site. big boys toys. I've got a window view overlooking from The Malthouse - but I can't upload images to this site.
post them on imgur.com then link them here
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Old August 5th, 2015, 12:52 PM   #14
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Making rapid progress on the site, they seem to be running a very efficient operation!

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Old August 5th, 2015, 02:53 PM   #15
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Well, they need to get stuck in because the first intake is 13 months! From personal experience of school projects, that's a very tight programme.
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Well, they need to get stuck in because the first intake is 13 months! From personal experience of school projects, that's a very tight programme.
Will be very tight and they know it. They were on site digging literally within 1 hour of the planning app being approved!
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Design technology will be a cracking class in them first few months.

'Brief 1: show your creativity by designing an exciting coat hanger'

'Brief 2: wire the school canteen and build a mezzanine floor which can weight bare three classrooms'
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Old August 6th, 2015, 05:09 AM   #18
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i imagine if this has kicked off then the UTC project should be all go soon too?
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OK, I'll come back next week but it looks like DockDwell has a much better angle.
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Old August 7th, 2015, 09:47 PM   #20
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Where is the "Ruth Gorse Academy" at the moment? 'Cause I see a bus for it every bloody morning even though I didn't think it existed yet!
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