CONTRACTS have been signed to carry out a £10.9 million upgrade of a popular Rotherham secondary.
The work at Maltby Academy will be carried out by BAM Construct UK and is due to get under way next month.
The contractor will put up two new buildings as well as refreshing, remodelling and refurbishing other parts of the South Yorkshire school’s campus.
Maltby Academy, which has space for 1,200 students aged 11 to 19, is currently housed in a mixture of buildings from the 1930s, 1960s and the start of this century.
Some residents have launched a campaign to retain the school’s distinctive frontage, which has been a feature of the town for 80 years.
Instead plans for the rebuild include a new business and enterprise centre, which will become the front of the reworked academy and a facility for the community as well as students.
The contractor will also construct a purpose built sports science facility and convert the old gymnasium for use in the performing and creative arts.
Project director Paul Cleminson said: “It is very pleasing that BAM will be able to use its extensive skills and experience to create an innovative and exciting environment for students in Rotherham.
“We have worked hard to understand the ambition for Maltby Academy and are confident we will deliver learning spaces that students and the community can be proud of.”
The project is due to be ready by September 2013 for the start of the academic year.
Full completion of all the work will follow shortly afterwards.