Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 17°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Ipswich: Work on new Ipswich Academy site is ahead of schedule

11:00 16 January 2013

An aerial shot of the new Ipswich Academy site.

An aerial shot of the new Ipswich Academy site.

Archant

SEEN from the skies for the first time, these photographs show the extent of the development of the new Ipswich Academy.

shares

Work at Ipswich Academy’s new home in Brazier’s Wood Road, adjacent to the Gainsborough Sports Centre, is moving ahead of schedule, with the building due for completion by October.

The £16million development will open its doors to hundreds of students later this year, who will be moving over from their current building in Lindbergh Road.

And to ensure the youngsters are part of the build during every phase of the project, the students are helping to pick out colour schemes and furniture choices. Over the past few months, staff and students have been on countless tours of the site to view the progress being made.

The academy’s principal Nancy Robinson said their dreams were quickly becoming a reality. She said students were getting to have their say on how they would like to see the new site look, and were asked their thoughts during a recent impact day.

She added: “Our new building is progressing rapidly and is slightly ahead of schedule.

“The academic leadership team has been to visit the site and we are starting to make plans for the move, which staff and students are excited about.

“Having a custom-designed building to fit our education model is going to prove a huge boost for our teaching provision.

“Seeing the actual spaces now that walls are starting to go in is very exciting and is bringing it all to life.”

The new campus will be made up of two buildings – a main block which will house the spaces for teaching and a sports block which will be a custom-made part fabric structure containing a number of areas as well as a main sports hall.

Alongside the sports building will be a new all-weather sports pitch built to FIFA standards.

The teaching block is designed to be largely open plan. The main teaching area will be organised into smaller, more intimate colleges where students will spend the majority of their time.

Other facilities will include a fully-equipped hair and beauty salon and a dance studio as well as contemporary arts and technology spaces.

A major investment in IT is also included, creating a modern digital learning space, remote working, individual devices for most students and video conferencing.

Since work on the site began back in September last year, Balfour Beatty, the main contractor, has discovered a number of items of historical interest from the Bronze Age.

They have also created a new habitat for common lizards, a protected species found to be living on the new site.

shares

0 comments

Ipswich Town have brought in 12 new players this summer.

The summer transfer window has now closed, during which Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy brought in a total of 12 new signings on permanent or loan deals.

A man has died at The Port of Felixstowe.

Investigators say their inquiries into the death of a contract worker at the Port of Felixstowe could take some time to complete.

Police are investigating

Further instances of vehicle crime were felt in Kesgrave on Sunday night after a car window was smashed, prompting a social media appeal for those with information to come forward.

Art on the Prom at Felixstowe last year

More than 100 artists will be exhibiting this weekend as Felixstowe stages one of its most popular events of the year.

Bradley Wiggins, far left, riding through Woodbridge during the first stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain

Tour of Britain spectators will get to see champion rider Sir Bradley Wiggins racing through Suffolk again when it comes to county this month.

East of England Ambulance Trust attended the scene

Emergency services were called to St Helen’s Street in Ipswich this afternoon, after a man was hit by a bus.

ANPR checking during multi-agency police operation

More than 2,000 uninsured drivers were deprived of their vehicles in just over two years, according to Suffolk constabulary figures.

Photo caption: (L-R) Courtney Culf, Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Cabinet Member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, Cllr Geoff Holdcroft, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Resources, Cllr Ray Herring, Leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Cllr Andy Smith, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Coastal Management and Peter Lanceley, Operations Manager at Suffolk Coastal Norse.

Extra play equipment costing £150,000 has been unveiled to give youngsters a late summer boost.

Nikos Savvas and Alan Whittaker of West Suffolk College and One sixth form

Two of the biggest education providers in Suffolk are today joining forces to create an academy trust which is designed to raise standards in the county.

Barclays Bank on Princes Street in Ipswich was closed due to a fight on the premises.

Two more suspects have been arrested after a mass brawl which led to the closure of Barclays Bank in Ipswich town centre.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages