Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Douglas primary school: Tynwald approves £9m plan

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Image caption The Henry Bloom Noble primary school in Douglas brings together Ballacloan Infants and Fairfield Junior

Plans to build a new £9m primary school in Douglas have been unanimously backed by members of the Manx parliament.

The new Henry Bloom Noble Primary School will be constructed on the site of the island's former Noble's hospital in Westmoreland Road.

Nearly £1m has already been spent demolishing former hospital buildings at the site.

The school will replace the existing Ballacloan Infants' School and Fairfield Junior School buildings.

A government spokesman said neither of the schools, which are more than 100 years old, could be adapted due to their lack of outside space.

The new building, in the centre of Douglas, will consist of 14 classrooms, a special needs unit, sporting facilities, a sports hall and an artificial grass sports pitch.

Education Minister Tim Crookall MHK said: "The sports facilities included in this project will be made available to the island's community out-of-school hours."

Work is expected to begin on the new 420-capacity school in January 2015, with it opening in time for the following academic year.

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