1st look at new £20
million St Julie's Catholic High School
THE first images have been released of
the new St Julie's Catholic High School; which will benefit around 1,000 young
people and their families in Woolton.
The £20 million development will create a new fit for purpose building for up to
1,100 pupils as well as opening up most of a privately owned woodland behind the
school to more than compensate for the loss of less than five percent of a
The 3 and 4 storey building replaces a worn out and tired 1960's design which is
no longer fit for modern teaching methods and needs significant repairs and
The new buildings are being sympathetically
designed in line with the Woolton Village Conservation Area, and will be further
away from the Grade 1 listed Woolton Hall than the existing school.
The complex will also include multi use games area and sports hall which will be
available for use by the local community, and will give the school more outside
play space than it currently has.
Counci lor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for children's services, said:-
"This scheme will deliver a fantastic new school for the area, benefiting
hundreds of families who live in and around Woolton, as well as the wider
community. It is absolutely vital that the area gets a new school and we
have been able to come up with a plan which delivers a new school largely on the
existing site. There is also an exciting opportunity here to develop a new
piece of public space which can be used by the whole community, and deliver an
increase in the amount of land available for use by local people."
Head teacher of St Julie's, Tim Alderman,
said:- "We are absolutely delighted with the plans for our new school,
which will enable current and future generations of students in this community
to benefit from fantastic educational facilities. I hope the community will
continue to use our range of facilities out of school hours too, as well as
enjoy the woodland areas that the Trustees have said could form part of this
Ideas for the new public space include a children's play area, woodland trail,
cycle routes, trim trail and woodland management if deemed appropriate. It would
be funded as part of the school development as a community led project.
A complete rebuild on the existing footprint of the St Julie's site is not
feasible due to tight site constraints, and a comprehensive survey of the local
area has shown there are no other suitable sites nearby which would deliver a
large enough building, or with safe access for pupils and staff.
The project is part of the Liverpool Schools Investment Programme, which will
see at least 12 new schools built. It was devised as a rescue package following
the scrapping of Wave 6 of Liverpool's Building Schools for the Future (BSF)
project, and is 1 of the Mayor's key pledges. The planning application for
the project is expected to be considered in April 2015 and if
approved the school is expected to be completed in autumn 2016.
A new report reveals 2014
was a bumper year for Culture Liverpool; events brought in
£55million to the local economy, funding secured nearly 1,500 jobs
and a record number of wedding ceremonies took place at St George's
A review, to be presented to the Culture and Tourism Select
Committee on Tuesday, 3 February 2015, looks at the achievements of
the City Council's Culture Department which is responsible for events,
attracting sponsors, Tourist Information Centres, the Cruise Liner
Terminal, Liverpool Film Office and the running of St George's Hall
and Liverpool Town Hall.
It found that 3 of 2014's major events; the
Giant Spectacular Memories of
August 1914, International Mersey River Festival including Music on
Waterfront and Liverpool International Music
Festival (LIMF), brought 1.4 million people, with 173,000 coming from
outside of the North West and 34,000 from overseas.
The report also reflects on other events delivered by Culture
Chinese New Year celebrations, Rock
'n' Roll Marathon, Tour of
Britan and Sky Ride, which were not independently
evaluated, but would have further boosted the visitor and economic
Other 2014 achievements include:-
► £3.2million invested in 41 of the City's cultural organisations,
safeguarding 1,345 jobs and levering further investment, resulting
in a turnover of £33 million.
► 272 film and TV productions filmed in the
City, which added up to
795 film days, bringing in £10.7 million to the local economy.
► Liverpool Cruise Terminal welcomed 50 cruise liners, 50,000
passengers and 28,000 crew and was awarded best UK Port of Call by
the Cruise Critic Awards.
► The commercial team who work with the public and private sector to
secure funding for events brought in £264,000 and £1.8 million of
► More than 1,000 wedding ceremonies took place at St George's Hall
and the Hall itself welcomed 250,000 visitors.
► Liverpool Town Hall hosted 327 events.
► The Tourist Information Centres welcomed nearly 250,000 visitors,
with a new centre opening in Liverpool Lime Street Station.
► Nearly 200,000 people follow Culture Liverpool on Twitter and
Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture, Events and Tourism,
Counci lor Wendy Simon, said:- "This report highlights just
how important culture is to Liverpool. From events that boost the
local economy by millions and bring in record numbers of visitors,
right through to supporting local arts organisations and
facilitating a wide variety of filming in the City – Culture
Liverpool's contribution has a vital impact on the City as a whole.
We always knew that 2014 would be a big year in terms of events with
the return of the giants, but it's reassuring to see other parts of
the culture portfolio thrive. Cruise liner visits are on the
increase, more people than ever are choosing to get married in the
City gem that is St George's Hall and we're continuing to support
our local and grassroots arts organisations which are an essential
part of this City's cultural fabric."
As well as achievements, the report also
identifies future plans which include:-
► To utilise the City's assets and continue to provide a wide and
diverse programme of events.
► To increase the number of cruise liners coming to the
maximise the length of their stay.
► Develop the TV and film infrastructure in the
City to act as an
incentive for more producers to choose Liverpool as a filming
► Identify a temporary parking site to enhance the existing coach
► Position St George's Hall as a venue for wedding breakfasts.
► Re-establish Liverpool Town Hall as one of the
venues, following 18 months of essential stone work repairs.
Director of Culture, Claire McColgan said:- "Although it's
often the events that get all the attention, they form only part of
an incredible arts ecology in this City. The grassroots and major
arts organisations provide a year long cultural offer that is world
class. The visitor economy is thriving and we are leading the way in
using culture as a driver for growth. Liverpool is an
incredibly ambitious thought provoking international place and an
inspirational canvass for all artists, creative and entrepreneurs.
And 2015 promises to build on this, with ships… lots of them!"
To see a full copy of the report, click on