Portslade Aldridge Community Academy in Brighton is set to undergo a significant building and refurbishment project cost an impressive £12.7 million.
The development will begin on the Chalky Road site which is the main centre for all 11 to 16 activities.
A new building will be constructed on this site and the existing facilities will be refurbished and vastly improved. The next phase will then see the Academy’s Sixth Form function relocate from its current location on High Street site to Chalky Road.
This project will see the construction of new science, learning resource centre and sixth form buildings, the creation of a new hub space and the installation of photovoltaic solar panels.
The Academy site is a particularly challenging environment to refurbish and build on as it is situated in the centre of a valley. The site has many different levels and tackling the buildings is a hard task for the design and construction team.
The objective of the development is to deliver a design solution that will vastly improve circulation, flexibility and sightlines within the building and also enhance the external spaces to provide meaningful learning and social environments.
Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) is a Co-Educational, 11-18 Academy in Portslade. The Academy replaced Portslade Community College (PCC) and opened in September 2011. The educational facility is currently situated on two sites, but the development will reunite all PACA pupils.
The Academy is jointly sponsored by Brighton and Hove City council and The Aldridge Foundation. The Foundation is an educational charity established by Sir Rod Aldridge OBE in 2006 to help young people reach their potential, principally through the sponsorship of entrepreneurial academy schools and colleges. Both also sit on the Academy’s Governing Body.
The Academy specialises in the areas of Entrepreneurship and Science; offering students opportunities to enhance their investigative skills and broaden their knowledge base. The Academy’s ethos is based on every student achieving the highest personal achievement possible.