The school works last month.
THE contractor responsible for building the new Cowes Enterprise College may have to pay financial penalties, following delays to the project.
As previously reported, the new £32 million school — formerly Cowes High School — was due to be completed before the start of the school year but delays have pushed the opening date back by several weeks.
Due to a sustained period of wet weather throughout the summer, the new buildings will not be ready until the second half of the autumn term, according to the Isle of Wight Council. Until then, students will be taught in the old school.
Pihl, the contractor at the helm of the project, may have to pay financial penalties as a result of the delays should the council decided to enforce them at a future date.
The council’s director for schools and education services, Janet Newton, said it would not be appropriate to seek claims until the end of the contract period, in March next year.
She said: "There are a number of clauses, as would be expected for such a significant multi-million pound construction scheme. These clauses are commercially sensitive and will not be made public."