Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 21°C

min temp: 17°C

Search

The pigs have arrived. See the latest

Pigs Gone Wild

news here.

Felixstowe: Turf cutting ceremony signals the start of work on Felixstowe Academy’s new £20million building

11:00 22 November 2012

Students and staff at Felixstowe Academy are joined by dignitaries for the turf cutting at Felixstowe Academy.

Students and staff at Felixstowe Academy are joined by dignitaries for the turf cutting at Felixstowe Academy.

Archant

COMMUNITY leaders today hailed the start of work on Felixstowe Academy’s new £20million building as a big day for the town.

Green Academy

Bosses at Felixstowe Academy today stressed the new building will be fit for the 21st century – and doing its part for the environment.

Rather than being heated in the normal way, the facility will include solar panels and biomas boilers, which burn woodchips or wood pellets, rather than coal or oil.

In addition to the heating side of the project, £1million is being supplied to be used on ICT services at the academy, which is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise Trust.

This money will be spent, not only on new computer rooms, but also on personal computing devices for students, such as iPads.

Some £300,000 of the funding has already been brought forward and is being trialled with sixth form pupils.

And headteacher Andrew Salter revealed every pupil at the school could have their own device which can be used for handing in homework and assignments.

It was also revealed that the project will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs, as the firm behind it said between 20-25 per cent of the workforce would be made up of local people.

The new building in Maidstone Road will include specialist facilities for ICT, science, gymnastics and dance and is expected to be finished in February 2014, with the first set of students due to start in April that year.

A turf cutting ceremony yesterday signalled the start of work on the facility, which will also include social spaces for pupils and a multi-use games area.

Executive principal, Stephen Chamberlain, said: “I think the town has waited a long time to see its young people have the kind of facilities you see in London and other parts of the country.

“To be able to secure a brand new building when money is tight and to have such support is fantastic.”

Diggers are now on the site and archaeological work is currently taking place with evidence of Bronze Age field systems already being discovered. The discoveries will later be archived.

It is expected construction will start in earnest in about two weeks when the archaeological work is completed.

Mike Deacon, Felixstowe Mayor, said: “It has been a long time coming but it’s a very historic occasion for the town.

“It’s really good that this school can develop into a centre of excellence for our young people.”

Suffolk Coastal MP, Therese Coffey, said although many of the older children won’t get to use the new building, it was lovely to see they were still interested in it and attended the ceremony. She added: “It was a great day.”

The lead-up to the start of construction on the new build, in the grounds of the current Maidstone campus, has been hampered by problems including a land-ownership issue, which postponed work.

But the school leadership have put the past problems behind them and are looking towards a new era of education in Felixstowe, with the new building expected to house up to 1,800 pupils.

Andrew Salter, headteacher, said: “It has been a long time coming but we are all really excited that we can actually see the build starting.”

More than 2,500 people will be involved in the construction of the new academy, which is being undertaken by Balfour Beatty.

Paul Whieldon, project manager, said: “We look to encourage about 20-25 per cent of the local workforce in that – we think that is very important.”

0 comments

Simon O'Brien-Ellington with his wife, Claire.

Paths are for people, not for cars. That is the driving force behind a campaign started by Ipswich man Simon O’Brien-Ellington who says badly parked cars block access for wheelchair users, parents with pushchairs and blind people.

Gemma Edgar and her son Noah with her brother Lee Relf, who has launched into fundraising for the Children's Eye Cancer Charity and is doing a sponsored cycle around Suffolk castles dressed as knights in honour of his nephew.

The uncle of a Colchester boy living with cancer is looking forward to embarking on a Knight Rider Challenge this weekend to raise funds for a charity that supports children with the disease.

A loo with a view in Pakefield

With so much to see and do on the Suffolk coast, a day trip is just never long enough - so why not make a weekend of it? Or even book a week-long holiday?

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A teenage registered sex offender has been given a suspended prison term after police discovered he had moved to Ipswich from the Midlands without telling them.

Myrtle Turner teaches her last fitness class in Saxmundham after 52 years of teaching.

At 86 it’s not unexpected that all the members of Myrtle Turner’s fitness class would be younger than she is – but she is the session leader.

Pupils at Sprites Primary School have a junior pig named Mudlet that they have painted as part of Pigs Gone Wild project.

Can your children create a brightly coloured pig to rival those that have popped up around Ipswich this summer?

Search being co-ordinated at Jaywick for a missing kayaker

People are being urged to stay safe if they visit the seaside this summer after the death of a canoeist off the coast at Jaywick on Sunday.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

A 20-year-old man from Ipswich has been charged with allegedly kicking a female police officer in the face and biting her male colleague.

BHS in Ipswich.

With BHS set to close across the country by the end of August, retail bosses and politicians are now looking for an alternative use for the large store in Ipswich’s Butter Market Street.

Ray Herring.

Proposals to set up a “super council” to run services on the Suffolk coast from Felixstowe to Lowestoft are on track after the cabinets of both Suffolk Coastal and Waveney backed the proposal.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24