TWO Hampshire schools are set to be refurbished as part of a £2m modernisation project.

The schools in Dibden Purlieu and Winchester will each receive more than £1m each to modernise classrooms and reduce energy costs.

Windows, doors and lights at Applemore College and the Westgate School will be replaced, while both schools will be re-clad in a bid to extend the life of the buildings.

Plans to upgrade the 1960s buildings were approved by Hampshire County Council leader Councillor Roy Perry.

Cllr Perry said: “While structurally sound, buildings at these three schools are in need of work - with poor insulation and relatively high energy costs. Recladding the buildings will not only reduce energy costs and help protect the environment, but will also extend the life of the buildings.

“Windows, doors and lights will be replaced and classrooms will be modernised. This method has been tried and tested successfully in over 30 Hampshire school buildings – making them more sustainable and delivering the best value for money for taxpayers.”

Councillor Peter Edgar, executive member for education, added: “This investment is very important, as the quality of school buildings is a significant factor in the success of a child’s learning. These upgraded buildings will create brighter and more inspiring buildings in which pupils can thrive and succeed.”

The re-cladding has been developed in consultation with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and uses brick and render finishes to “significantly improve” fire safety of the buildings.

Council leaders said aluminium composite panels are not used for these proposed works.

The works will be delivered by the county council’s in-house property services with funding from the Government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency.

Works at Applemore and Westgate are due to start in the summer, and expected to last eight to nine months.