Pupils at Preston Muslim Girl’s High School (PMGHS) will see their teaching space expand as plans are approved for a new multi-purpose hall.
PMGHS, located on Deepdale Mill Street, currently operates from three separate buildings – or blocks – with the area. These include the converted Deepdale Mill building which houses the school hall and dining hall and specialist teaching spaces. The former Quwwatul Islam Masjid building which was vacated in 2020 and the former Leyland Paints building are also located on Deepdale Mill Street.
Islamic Secondary School staff said in their application – submitted by Watson Saunders + Associates Ltd – that the growing demand for admissions to the school means more dedicated facilities are needed. The smaller-than-average Muslim denomination caters to female students aged 11 to 19 with currently 540 students enrolled.
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The latest published OFSTED results for 2018/19 were their best results ever, with the school ranking 10th nationally for Progress 8. With continued excellent GCSE results, PMGHS ranks in the top 1% of schools nationally .
Now, it is expected that by 2024 and 2025, the number of students will increase to 600, hence the need for additional educational and sports facilities. Plans for the “first floor extension above the current dining room to create a new multi-purpose room and emergency exit” have been approved by the local council.
Once construction begins, it is believed that the extension will provide the existing school with much-needed additional space, which is currently a dining hall which also serves as a gym and multi-purpose hall. The school’s intention is to expand to the first floor above the dining room to create a dedicated examination room workshop and multipurpose space that can also be used outside opening hours. for community events.
The existing factory building is built on a steel frame with a “northern lights” type roof with steel trusses. It is planned to carefully dismantle and remove the existing steel truss roof together with its associated structural steel frame and pillars and to construct (in accordance with the modified structural grid) a new first floor extension above above the current dining room, a new dedicated multipurpose room. hall identified to provide a dedicated examination room/workshop which the current school lacks.
These facilities, which will be built above the current dining hall, will provide the necessary accommodation for current and future students, thus avoiding overcrowding and allowing the school to respond positively to the demand for places. The proposed design will therefore help the school to act as a single unit and hence consolidate its presence as the facilities of the high school are all on the same site.
Cross-sections of the building show a domed structure in the center of the current building. The plans specify that the building will be linear and spatial with a “Barrel-Vault” roof.