A £20 million project to design and build new premises for the Ormiston Bushfield Academy in Peterborough is well underway.
Initial enabling works included re-routing a cycle way, the part construction of a new all-weather sports pitch and the construction of a new maintenance depot. Construction works began in March 2011 and included the removal of the existing all-weather pitch.
The new two-storey Ormiston Bushfield Academy covers 9,713 square metres of space and will accommodate 950 students, an increase from the current number of 730. It features a curved double height fully-glazed entrance that will open onto a public plaza with a colonnade link to the sports centre, whilst additional facilities include a library and centres that will cater for young people and early years.
The project will also include a small extension to Bushfield sports centre and the refurbishment of the changing room pavilion. Once the new premises are completed in the summer of 2012, the existing 8,500 sq metre buildings will be demolished.
Main contractor for the project is Kier Eastern.
Councillor John Holdich, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for education, skills and university, said:
“Completion of these projects will mean that all our secondary school pupils benefit from some of the best learning environments in the country. These new state-of-the-art buildings will enable the schools to attract the best teaching talent to the city.
“In addition to this massive investment in new buildings, we are working with schools on a far-reaching ‘strategy for change’ that focuses on helping pupils achieve improved academic results.”
Kier Education Principal Director, Neil Pates, added:
“The educational facilities will become beacons of learning. The student-centred designs will ensure that the pupils of Peterborough gain maximum benefit from the combined commitment of the local authority, sponsors and Kier to deliver the very best learning environment for the community they serve.”
Ormiston Bushfield Academy is recognised as one of the fastest improving Academies in the country. In January 2012, the school became the first Academy in the UK to receive the prestigious Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) quality mark in more than one subject area.
The new Ormiston Bushfield Academy will open to pupils in September 2012.
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