Work on new Dearne link bridge is finished

CONSTRUCTION work on a bridge to link together Wombwell and Darfield has been completed.

The new pedestrian bridge crossing Mitchell’s Way will form part of the entrance to the new Netherwood Advanced Learning Centre (ALC), which will combine and replace the existing Darfield Foulstone School of Creative Arts and Wombwell High.

The 34m long, Warren Truss bridge will be for pedestrian and cycle access only – creating a safe access route for the students of the new ALC.

Weighing in at 34 tonnes, the structure was lifted into place last Thursday evening.

Project manager Tim Brown, of developers Laing O’Rourke, said: “The completion of the bridge marks a significant milestone in the construction of the new ALC.

“We used a large crane with a lift capacity of 150 tonnes to lower the bridge in place.

“The new bridge will join the two communities of Wombwell and Darfield as the new ALC becomes a central hub for the entire community to enjoy.”

The new ALC is one of eleven schools being developed as part of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative.

The BSF is a joint £1bn investment in education by Barnsley Council, Building Schools for the Future Investments (BSFI) and Barnsley Partnership for Learning (BP4L).

Netherwood ALC, which opens in September, will offer the very best facilities for over 1700 students, and will include additional resources for adult learning opportunities, post age 16 learning and community use.

It is envisaged that each year group at the new school will have their own designated areas with ICT provision, break-out spaces and general teaching spaces to reduce disruptions at lesson change over times.

Along with Netherwood ALC, September will also see the opening of Holy Cross and Horizon Community College in Barnsley.

This will mark the end of the third and final phase of Barnsley BSF.