Scope of work includes both refurbishment and new build work at what is the UK’s only academy specialising in careers associated with the marine environment.
Working with architects Stride Treglown, BAM will transform the academy’s estate in two phases starting in July 2012, completing the main building for a September 2013 opening with exterior works ending in December 2013. The academy will stay open throughout, and pupils will be able to use many of the new facilities from November 2012.
Work will include remodelling the 1980s-built science wing and ICT suite; building a three-storey block to house facilities including a theatre and dance-studio that will also be available for use by the local community; and demolition of residual buildings.
A key part of the brief was to re-orientate the focus of the buildings on the site to improve the sea view. School authorities reckoned a better view would “provide an inspirational beacon for learning”.