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Tokyo school to be moved into skyscraper

IANS  |  Tokyo 

An elementary school in Tokyo will likely be the first in to move into a skyscraper, the media reported on Monday.

According to sources, the 86-year-old building is in a state of decay, and a redevelopment project beckoned, NHK news agency reported.

The school will move into a 45-storey high-rise in front of Tokyo station six years from now.

Renovation was considered for Joto elementary school, built in 1929. But the sky-high relocation was endorsed as part of a bigger redevelopment plan for the area near the major train station.

The new 245-metre-tall building is scheduled to open in April 2021. It will be a commercial complex containing offices, stores and a hotel.

The school will be on the first to the fourth floors. This will include classrooms, a gymnasium, and a swimming pool. A playground will be built on the roof of the fourth floor.

Ensuring the children's safety is a major concern. Officials said the school entrance will be created separately from the rest of the areas.

This will prevent visitors and office workers from entering the school premises.

First Published: Mon, September 28 2015. 17:48 IST