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New-look academy in Poole takes shape
WORK is well underway to transform one of Poole’s most run-down schools into a new state-of-the-art learning space.
Most of St Aldhelm’s Academy has been flattened to make way for new £10 million buildings which will include the latest high-tech facilities.
Around 45 Kier staff are hard at work at the Herbert Avenue site as the project reaches the half-way point.
And excited students can see their new school taking shape as they continue with their lessons in part of the old school, formerly known as Rossmore.
Work started in July to ensure students are able to continue to study at the site and demolition work began in earnest two months later.
Now the new-build is underway with 80 per cent of the steel frame complete and foundations in place.
Facilities in the new buildings include dance and drama studios, a performance hall and specialist rooms for science, music and art.
And learning will be transformed in much of the building with multi-use learning spaces which can accommodate up to 100 children, who can then be divided into smaller groups for specialist teaching.
Robert Trickey, the Academy’s Environment and Technology Manager, said: “The interest we are getting from parents is phenomenal. When the new buildings open in September there will be higher numbers of students here.
“The current students are all very excited about it. They can see that money is being spent to provide them with good facilities.”
Kier Project Manager Steve Malone said the new buildings will be ready for occupation in September. Kier’s attention will then move to demolishing the buildings currently being used by the students and completing landscaping work.