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Construction begins at Workington Academy

Students help get new William Howard Trust academy building underway

Posted by Stephanie Broad | November 12, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

Students, who will be some of the first occupiers of Workington’s newest school build for decades, recently helped contractors get the project underway by extracting the first mound of earth from the site of the new Workington Academy.

Some of the academy’s students, who will get the full benefit of the new building when it opens in 2017, greeted special guests invited to mark the occasion.

Workington Academy opened in September and is sponsored by Brampton based William Howard Trust. It brings together students from Southfield and Stainburn schools, who are now occupying the former Stainburn school buildings until the new academy is completed.

The £17m cost of the building is funded through the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme and centrally managed by the Department for Education. Constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine, the project includes the development of a 92,860 sq ft, four-storey building which will cater for 1200 pupils. The existing sports halls will be retained and fully refurbished.

Lorrayne Hughes, executive headteacher and CEO of William Howard Trust, put her personal stamp on the design of the academy at the outset, pressing for variations to the Education Funding Agency’s standard design, which have been incorporated into the final plans. She said: “We believe our pupils deserve the very best environment to enjoy their education and we have worked closely with the architects to ensure that we are proving classrooms and high quality facilities which are conducive to learning and create a positive learning environment.

 “This is a very special day, not just for the students who will use this academy but for the Workington community too, who will have access to an excellent range of facilities.” 

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