Work on course for new-look academy

PROGRESS: Work is continuing on the site of Doncaster Council's �16 million rebuild of Outwood Academy.
PROGRESS: Work is continuing on the site of Doncaster Council's �16 million rebuild of Outwood Academy.

BUILDING work to transform a secondary school into a £16 million academy is on schedule.

Construction firm Wates took on the task of transforming Outwood Academy Adwick last October into a new 1,350-pupil capacity facility for youngsters aged between 11 and 18.

OVERALL: An artist's impression of the new-look Outwood Academy due to be completed in early 2013.

OVERALL: An artist's impression of the new-look Outwood Academy due to be completed in early 2013.

The academy build includes improved teaching spaces, a dance and drama studio and a personalised learning centre used for one-to-one work with pupils.

There also promises to be state-of-the art sports facilities boasting a new synthetic turf pitch and multi-use games area as part of the Doncaster Council project.

Building work is on course to be completed early next year at the site in Windmill Balk Lane.

Michael Wilkins, chief executive and academy principal for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said: “The new facility will help to provide a first class learning environment for the children and staff at Outwood Academy Adwick.

“We are looking forward to creating an outstanding establishment that we can all be proud of and that will attract new students who want to exceed expectations.”

Wates has also taken on the contracts of rebuilding the £10.7 million Campsmount Technology College and the new £10 million De Warenne Academy in Conisbrough, where construction began last month.

Chris Pratt, director of the council’s children and young people’s service, said: “Tremendous progress has been made with the new Outwood Academy Adwick as the buildings are already starting to take shape.

“It is going to be a wonderful asset that will provide its teachers and young people with superb new facilities that match their drive and ambition.”

David Price, business unit director for Wates Construction in Yorkshire, added: “Our delivery of Outwood Academy Adwick is progressing very well and we are delighted to continue our partnership with Doncaster Council as it significantly invests in the transformation of its educational facilities.

“Our ongoing work in Doncaster has enabled us to build up a comprehensive network of suppliers in the borough, placing this project as a catalyst for boosting the area’s economic development.

“We are also currently planning a series of work inspiration placements for young people to ensure that appropriate training and employment opportunities are created locally.”

For more information visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/schoolrebuilding