Cascais invests 25.8 million euros in a new high school

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The works will take place between July this year and December 2025. The new infrastructure will replace the current Cascais High School, which has been in temporary use for almost 50 years.

Work on the new Cascais High School will begin this July and should be completed in December 2025, representing an investment of 25.8 million euros by the municipality, replacing the current educational facility of the same name. The approval of the awarding of the construction contract will take place on the 17th, during the first decentralized meeting of the municipality, chaired by Carlos Carreiras, which will be held in the old school of Cascais.

“The current school in Cascais has been temporary for 50 years and has never received any major intervention. As a result, it has deteriorated and is in a dangerous condition. A new school should have been built a long time ago”, Carlos Carreiras, Mayor of Cascais, told DN, admitting that the path taken so far “has been a complicated and challenging process”, but stressing that the state of disrepair of this educational institution “was one of the shames of Cascais”.

According to the project seen by DN, the future school will have a 75×75 meter building and a 52×52 meter patio, with a total construction area of 15,025 square meters, with 44 classrooms, a library, an auditorium and a sports pavilion. The new facilities will serve a potential 1320 students in primary and secondary education, day and night. It should be noted that the main building of the new school will be built on the land next to the current facility, and the multi-sports pavilion will be built on the site of the current school.

The project will be coordinated by the architect Matos Gameiro, who won the 2019 ideas competition launched by the municipality of Cascais. According to the Municipal Council, the strategy of this project is based on “the creation of a courtyard that is the center of the school, a square space defined by a two-story elevated body that reveals and emphasizes a wooded area that in reality already exists and is protected here.

The current Cascais High School, according to the description on the group’s website, operates in a building classified as “heavy prefabricated”, inaugurated in May 1975, consists of 21 classrooms and has a capacity of 813 students.

Pine forest for the population

The total value of the investment made by the Municipality of Cascais is 25.8 million euros. This work will be divided into two phases – the first concerns the construction of the new school building (between July this year and February 2025), and the second will cover the demolition of the current high school, the construction of the sports pavilion and outdoor facilities, which will include an adjacent pine forest that will be available for the enjoyment of the population, according to the Municipal Council. This second phase should take place between February and December 2025.

The awarding of the contract for these works will be formalized on the 17th, in what will be the first decentralized meeting of the municipality. “We have never held a decentralized meeting and this will be a more than justified reason to hold the first decentralized meeting of the Municipality of Cascais,” Carlos Carreiras pointed out to DN.

Source: https://www.dn.pt/local/cascais-investe-258-milhoes-de-euros-numa-nova-escola-secundaria-15973776.html

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