PLANS are in the pipeline to upgrade a school’s science block which has been described as “beyond repair in parts”.

Harwich and Dovercourt High School has lodged a full planning application for the refurbishment and extension of its out-of-date science block.

The existing block is said to be in poor condition with a section being “beyond repair”.

The proposal is to demolish this section and extend the building, modernise it and uplift the existing block to current standards for students.

A design and access statement, sent to Tendring Council’s planning portal, said: “The refurbishment will improve the conditions internally and the facilities for both students and staff.

“The scheme will also remove an area of the existing science block that is beyond its serviceable lifespan and replace these by extending the building.

“The replacement of the new windows and doors will greatly improve the overall atheistic while matching the appearance of the rest of the school, with the added benefit of improved thermal efficiency.”

Part of the existing building, which is no longer fit for purpose, will be demolished if the scheme is approved.

To overcome the lost teaching space, the proposal looks to extend another part of the building to allow for two additional science laboratories.

Some standard classrooms will also be converted into science labs.

It added: “The access to the science block will be improved, with an additional double door entrance being added.

“The proposal looks to improve upon the access of the existing science block with a larger corridor space and the addition of another entrance/exit and will not reduce the space of the existing access routes.”

It is not yet known how much the extension or demolition works will cost nor when it is hoped the work will start.

Harwich and Dovercourt High School has been contacted for a comment on the plans.