Landmark reached in Doncaster school project

Shaping up: Outwood Academy (Adwick).
Shaping up: Outwood Academy (Adwick).
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BUILDERS constructing Doncaster’s £16 million latest school project have reached a major milestone.

They have completed the steel framework which eventually to become the new Outwood Academy (Adwick) building, when it opens early in 2013.

It means the shape of the building which will be the site for the education of more than 1,350 pupils can be seen for the first time.

Wates Construction began work on the 10,651sq m build in October last year.

The Academy, which is scheduled for completion by early 2013, will feature improved teaching spaces, a dance and drama studio and a personalised learning centre to provide individual care for students. State-of-the-art sports facilities will also include a new synthetic turf pitch and a multi-use games area.

Chris Pratt, director of children’s services at Doncaster Council, said: “Tremendous progress has been made with the new Outwood Academy Adwick as the buildings are already starting to take shape.

“It is going to be a wonderful asset that will provide its teachers and young people with superb new facilities that match their drive and ambition.”

David Price, director for Wates Construction in Yorkshire, added: “Our delivery of Outwood Academy Adwick is progressing very well.”

Michael Wilkins, chief executive and academy principal, for Outwood Grange Academies Trust, said: “The new facility will help to provide a first class learning environment for the children and staff at Outwood Academy Adwick.

“We are looking forward to creating an outstanding establishment that we can all be proud of and that will attract new students who want to exceed expectations.”

The Adwick scheme is one of three high profile schools construction projects which have been taking place this year.

Campsmount School, in Norton, which was burned down more than two years ago, is now complete and pupils are due to move in for lessons after the Easter school holidays.

Pupils there have been attending lessons in temporary buildings which were put up on its site after the blaze. Before that pupils had been taught in community halls and on the premises of local businesses in the immediate aftermath of the blaze.

Work has also now started on the construction of a new building for de Warenne Academy, in Conisbrough.

The £10 million project started last month after detailed planning permission for the scheme was approved.

De Warenne is due to be built by the same contractors who are working at the Adwick scheme.