Kelvin Hall School closure will not be repeated, says Balfour Beatty
PARENTS have been assured problems with the heating at a new city school will not lead to further closures.
Pupils at the £27.5m Kelvin Hall School, which opened in April, missed Friday and Monday after a pipe burst.
It was the second time the school has suffered a leak.
Contractor Balfour Beatty, which built the school, says it is confident it will not happen again after pupils returned to lessons yesterday.
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A spokesman for the company said: "It has been fixed.
"I know it is the second time it has happened but this problem is not related to what happened on the first occasion.
"It was a crimp joint that failed and what we did over the weekend was carry out further testing and checked the entire heating system."
The company had an independent assessor on site to make sure the system was OK and says it is confident the system is working as it should and it was "just one of those things".
The closure angered some parents, who said there should not be problems with such a new building.
One parent, who did not wish to be named, said: "I understand that things go wrong and accidents happen and I'm glad it has been checked properly."
Kelvin Hall School head teacher Sarah Smythe said: "We are very happy the immediate repairs were completed ahead of schedule and we were able to reopen to all pupils a day sooner than expected.
"We are satisfied Balfour Beatty quickly identified the cause and has completed extensive safety checks into all systems to ensure this should not happen again.
"As the pipe burst at night, the water spread through the central parts of the building, affecting several subject areas, which meant the closure was unavoidable.
"However, after investigation, only a very small amount of equipment and furniture will need to be replaced.
"Our own site staff were magnificent and their prompt hard work limited the damage."
The majority of the repair work is to carpets, skirting boards and some walls.
Mrs Smythe said: "Despite the water leak, which is clearly very disappointing, it is in fact a testament to the quality of the building, that so little long-term damage has been done.
"We are hoping almost all repairs will be completed by the end of the half-term holiday.
"We are very grateful to Wyke College for offering us the use of some classrooms."