Until the early 1990s, Montserrat was largely self-sufficient but the volcanic crisis of 1995-1997 destroyed much of the social and economic fabric of the island, devastated nearly all its key infrastructure and caused a substantial population exodus. Since the volcanic disturbances, families have increasingly moved north across the island. Lookout Primary School was purpose built in response to the evacuation and is now oversubscribed and Brades Primary School is in urgent need of renovation and development. Montserrat Secondary School, sited in the ash shadow of the volcano, is prone to impromptu closure because of ash falls. The Government’s intention is for a phased relocation of the secondary school to a new site in the north. The purpose of the consultancy upon which this report is based was to provide a design for the redevelopment of Brades Primary School; the scoping, initial design and costing for a new secondary school on the Island and a development proposal for the expansion of Look Out Primary school to ensure that there is some consistency in the island’s education infrastructure.
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Wakeham, N. Development proposals for: Lookout Primary School, Brades Primary School, Montserrat Secondary School, 2008 MNT 09. TI-UP Resource Centre, London, UK (2009) 73 pp.