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Sod cut at South Shore

South Shore Academy has bright future as Morgan Sindall breaks ground on £13 million project

Posted by Hannah Oakman | June 27, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

Construction and infrastructure company Morgan Sindall has started work on the ÔŅ°13 million transformation of South Shore Academy in Blackpool.

The start of work on site was marked in traditional fashion with a sod cutting ceremony on 17 June. Pupils and teachers from other schools in the surrounding area were invited to attend the event, which also saw speeches from Jane Bailey, principal of the school and Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust.

South Shore Academy is one of 12 schools being rebuilt by Morgan Sindall under the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) North West Batch which aims to provide purpose-built school buildings to those in most need of urgent repair and was awarded to a Morgan Sindall Investments/Equitix consortium in August 2014.

Plans for the school will see two new buildings constructed – a three storey main building and a single storey sports hall – with a combined floor area of almost 5,000m². 

The main building will house 25 classrooms across three storeys. General classrooms will be situated on the first floor, with art rooms and state-of-the-art science labs on the second floor. The improved laboratory facilities will support the progress that the school has already made in its ongoing drive to improve teaching and results across the sciences.

Once complete, the new look South Shore Academy will provide pupils and staff with a modern learning environment and will be an enduring addition to the educational offering in the area

The new sports hall has been designed to be fully Sport England compliant, featuring double height spaces to maximise the number of sports that can be played. The new facility, which also features a Special Educational Needs (SEN) group room, will remove the academy’s reliance on the adjacent Leisure Centre and ensure that pupils at the school have ready access to a first-class environment in which to exercise.

The four existing school buildings will eventually be demolished and replaced by a visitor and staff car park, with an attractive tree-lined cycle path and footpath running alongside it.

Construction work is due to be completed in time for the start of the academic school year in September 2017. The finished school will provide up to 900 pupils from the local area with a modern education facility, fit for 21st century learning.

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynski, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust, said: “As a Trust we are committed to creating a teaching and learning ethos which will enable pupils to fulfil their academic potential, which includes providing them with the best possible facilities. The renovation work at South Shore will provide an innovative and modern learning environment, which will fully support and inspire our pupils. We are delighted to be able to work with Morgan Sindall to deliver this.”

The Trust, which was set up in 2011 following consultation with Manchester Council and the Department for Education, is a partnership of nine schools across the North West and aims to deliver a world-class education to all pupils, regardless of background.

Morgan Sindall’s area director, Barry Roberts, added: “We’re proud to be delivering another school as part of the PSBP NW programme. Once complete, the new look South Shore Academy will provide pupils and staff with a modern learning environment and will be an enduring addition to the educational offering in the area.

“As with all of our construction work, we set out to not only cause minimal disruption to school life, but also to complement the teaching on offer by providing access to work placements and careers advice for pupils interested in the construction industry.”

W: www.southshoreacademy.co.uk

W: www.morgansindall.com

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