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WESTMINSTER LBC AIMS FOR FIRST PFI SCHOOL

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The Independent reports on the troubled future of Pimlico School, which Westminster LBC is hoping to demolish and r...
The Independent reports on the troubled future of Pimlico School, which Westminster LBC is hoping to demolish and replace with a school designed as part of a Private Finance Initiative (second section, p6).

The council and school governors - whose chairman is shadow home secretary Jack Straw - argue that the concrete and glass school building costs£370,000 a year to maintain. They would prefer a developer to build a new school, with luxury flats alongside, leasing classrooms back to the authority.

If the council has its way, the replacement would be the first education building resulting from PFI.

But Jonathan Glancey, the paper's architecture corespondent, argues that there are many reasons why the move should be resisted.

The school boasts good results, is well-liked by its pupils, and is considered worthy of listing by conservation bodies.

Glancey is also opposed to the idea of producing education buildings via the 'philistine policy of PFI. 'If this is the future of public architecture in Britain, and specifically the future of buildings for education, we should begin to worry'.

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