WEST Buckland School bookworms are due to have a stunning new underground home. As part of an innovative £4 million development programme the school is planning a subterranean library and resources centre with multi-coloured glass roof. The library will
WEST Buckland School "bookworms" are due to have a stunning new underground home.As part of an innovative £4 million development programme the school is planning a subterranean library and resources centre with multi-coloured glass roof.The library will be one of the features of a 150th anniversary project for a new arts complex which has been submitted to North Devon District Council planners.It also includes plans for a new theatre and drama studio, specialist art and design classrooms and a courtyard social area.An anonymous donation will cover 60 per cent of the project's costs. Other support will come from the West Buckland School Foundation, grant-making trusts and loans.Subject to planning permission, it is hoped to start work at the end of the summer term, with completion by autumn 2009.Work will include demolishing some of the school's older and less attractive buildings and replacing them with timber-clad and energy efficient modern structures.The new project is the latest in a decade of development at West Buckland, in its academic achievement and its facilities.These have included new preparatory school classrooms, IT department, multi-media suite for modern languages and an all-weather sports pitch. And just nearing completion is a £2 million sports centre, which is due to be opened in April by former pupil and Olympic triple jump gold medallist and world record holder Jonathan Edwards.West Buckland has 500 senior students and 180 in its junior school.