The project aims to update the 80 year old school building with a combination of new build and refurbishment.
The design by architects Jestico + Whiles provides a new two-storey school building creating 4,600sqm of educational space. Two of the existing buildings will be renewed to form a hub for vocational skills including construction, car maintenance, forestry and hair & beauty.
Community facilities will include a cafe, enterprise shop, hair and beauty services, and outdoor areas. Cycle and car parking, safety, security and accessibility will be improved under the proposals.
Kier Construction director Martin Orr said: “Kier is delighted to have been selected to take the St Aldhelm’s Academy Trust’s renewal plans forward. Kier has an extensive portfolio of experience in creating state-of-the-art educational facilities and looks forward to making these designs a reality for the young people of Poole.”
The team is working towards a planning application and seeking the views of the local community on the design proposals. It wants to begin on site in July 2012 and complete in February 2014.