Former pupils demolish school in Stoke-on-Trent to make way for housing

Demolition works are currently underway at the site of a former school in Penkhull, Stoke.

Brothers Danny and Ben Tunstall, who are both employed by Worcestershire-based house builder Lioncourt Homes, are heading up the construction works – which will see them knocking down their former high school in order to replace it with a new housing development.

Lioncourt Homes has recently been granted permission to build 60 homes on the site, with demolition work beginning in recent weeks. There will be 12 house types to choose from on the development, with sizes ranging from 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedrooms.

St Peter’s High School, based in Penkhull, has stood empty since closing its doors in 2013 and has since become St Peter’s Academy in Fenton.

Danny Tunstall, Area Build Manager, commented:

“For us, having been born and raised in the local area, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this site back to life. Managing the demolition aspect of the school feels very surreal – I remember apprehensively lining up on the steps for my first day many years ago… Little did I know I would be back to knock it down, alongside my brother!

“I think it is extremely positive that we are developing this abandoned site, which is in major need of regeneration, rather than it being left to stand empty and become derelict. We can’t wait to see the finished result and how it will create a vibrant new community.”