£19m Academy plans win support

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PLANS to redevelop Skegness Academy will provide students and the local community with an advanced centre for learning, sports and the arts.

The £19million government funded project, which has won the unanimous support of the town council, will see old buildings refurbished and others demolished and transformed into a multi-functional asset for the town.

Greenwood Academies Trust chief executive Barry Day said: “The new building will provide a space for students to learn a modern curriculum but this it will also be a resource for the whole community”

The academy has embraced Lincolnshire County Council’s recommendation that new facilities are made available to everyone - not just students.

Thespians and music lovers in the town will be able to make use of the 300 capacity theatre with a performance space, which Mr Day described as ‘second to none’.

It will be available for local drama groups but he also hopes to attract prestigious national tours including theatre productions and orchestras.

An attractive outdoor courtyard will take centre stage in the new layout and will be available for visitors to enjoy while attending the theatre or the academy’s other facilities.

Situated beside the entrance will be an extensive new library which will also be available for the whole town. East Lindsey District Council recently handed management of the sports facilities contained within the grounds over to the academy.

The redevelopment will double the amount of changing room space and provide additional disabled access.

Local clubs will be encouraged to take advantage of the improved sports centre and the academy will offer free hire to any youth groups affiliated with it. There will be three new science labs built, additional ICT facilities and a dedicated space for sixth formers and new intake year seven groups.

The redevelopment has been designed to accommodate future expansion of the college to allow more students to attend.

Pending planning approval the works are scheduled to commence in May with an anticipated completion date in September 2013.

Construction will occur over different phases to ensure there are adequate classroom spaces available at all stages of the build.

Pioneering new 3D technology has been utilised by Space Group Architects in devising the plans which have been designed in line with Mr Day’s vision for the academy.

Skegness Town Council gave its unanimous support for the redevelopment at a meeting last week. The final approval will rest with East Lindsey District Council.