A MASSIVE makeover of three Westminster schools has moved a step closer to completion.
Contracts worth £32m for work at St Augustine's CofE High School, in Oxford Road, Maida Vale, and St George's RC School, in Lanark Road, Maida Vale, were signed on May 22.
Contracts for The Grey Coat Hospital CofE School, in Greycoat Place, Pimlico, are set to be finalised in June.
Bouygues UK has now begun work at both Maida Vale schools. Work will start at The Grey Coat Hospital in July.
This is part of Westminster Council's £152m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme to transform education provision.
At St Augustine's, a new three-storey building will be constructed with refurbishment to the existing buildings, and landscaping works to the entire site.
A new sports hall will be built on land opposite the main school, which will be available for community use.
A three-storey extension will be added to St George's School, including a sports hall, changing facilities,
science laboratories, classrooms and a roof-top court for sports and play. Once completed, there will be an increase in capacity from 600 to 750 pupils.
Schoolchildren at The Grey Coat Hospital will benefit from a new four-storey building devoted to the specialist provision of art, drama and music.
Improvements will be made to out-door sports facilities at the school, which can be used by the community.
The council's strategic director for children and young people, Michael O'Connor, said: "Our aim is to provide the best possible start in life for every child in Westminster and we're very pleased to be starting the second phase of the BSF programme, which
will transform education provision in Westminster.
"The new facilities at these schools will not only make a real difference to pupils but also the wider community."