Floors need strengthening in an historic building before it can become the permanent base for a new free school.
The Chronicle recently reported University Cathedral Free School (UCFS) would not be able to move in to 10-11 Abbey Square in January as originally planned.
The 60 primary school pupils have been taught in nearby Gateway House, Northgate Street, since the start of the autumn term.
Now an application for listed building consent has been submitted to strengthen floors at the Grade II* listed properties in Abbey Square.
Documents accompanying the application states: “Prior to the previous listed building consent it had not been possible to undertake an intrusive structural survey and as such the structural integrity of the existing floors was unknown.
“It has now been determined that in certain locations, as noted on the submitted drawings, the existing floors do not achieve the requisite design loads for the intended use as a school.”
A design, worked up in conjunction with English Heritage, the conservation officer and Cathedral Fabric Committee, involves lifting the existing floor boards and either strengthening existing joists with metal plates or introducing intermediary joists.
In addition, the conservation officer and English Heritage raised concerns that existing timber panelled walls would have been concealed by worktop units in the food technology classroom which was considered ‘unacceptable’.
The proposed solution involves switching the food technology room with the staff room. Relocating the food technology classroom will mean creating an opening through and removing some masonry walls.
The aim is for the school to accommodate up to 210 pupils by September 2018.