A £10.9 million scheme at Dover Christ Church Academy will see the school extended to offer specialist and vocational teaching spaces.
The brand new extension will provide science laboratories, hair and beauty, textiles and catering facilities. Also included in the development is a larger sports hall with remodelled dance and fitness suites, and new changing room facilities. The central block of the Academy’s existing buildings is being retained, with extensive remodelling and refurbishment to provide a new main hall and dining area within the ‘central heart’ of the re-designed buildings.
The contract to redevelop the academy was awarded to Willmott Dixon Construction on 28 March 2014. Work is expected to start in May 2014 and the new facilities should be ready to use from April 2015.
Gary Cooke, Cabinet Member for Corporate and Democratic Services said: “This is great news for people in and around the Dover community. These fantastic facilities will enhance the career prospects for students for many generations to come.”
Canterbury Christ Church University is the lead sponsor of Dover Christ Church Academy. The vision was to raise the educational standards for students in the Dover area and significantly contribute to the regeneration of the area. Academy Principal, Sam Williamson, said: “The signing of the contract signals a crucial next step in the development of the Academy and realising the vision set by the Academy Trust in 2009”.
Dover Christ Church Academy is the final scheme of six in Kent County Council’s ‘Batch 2 Academies Programme’, an initiative funded, nationally, by the Education Funding Agency (EFA) investing in improved facilities for schools across the county. The programme will rebuild and refurbish a number of the county’s schools to improve their building facilities and raise standards.