Lytchett Minster School temporary home gets 'new roof'

  • 13 February 2013
  • From the section Dorset
Media captionThe roof was last used above the main dining hall at the London 2012 Olympics

A new roof has been lifted on to temporary accommodation at a Dorset school partially destroyed by fire.

The creative arts block at Lytchett Minster Upper School, near Poole, was destroyed in a blaze triggered by a lightning strike on 27 December.

Equipment, coursework and teaching records were lost in the fire.

Sections of temporary buildings from London 2012 Olympic venues will be used while the art block is rebuilt.

The temporary building is about the same size as a football pitch. Four cranes lifted the roof into place on top of the structure's frame.

'Truly impressive'

The building is expected to be fully assembled by the end of March.

Demolition of parts of the old building also began this week. The first floor, plus damaged parts of the ground floor, will be removed.

Engineers will then reassess the rest of the block in the hope of salvaging parts of it.

Head teacher Stuart Clark said: "The lightning strike was disastrous but has brought the best out of everyone.

"The quality of the accommodation and the speed with which it is being made are truly impressive."

He added that education at the school could now "get back to normal".

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