26 April 2011
A £10m redevelopment for the City Technology College (CTC) Kingshurst Academy, in Solihull, is nearing completion and has led to the college reaching academy status.
Helping to bring the project to fruition is global consultant, WYG who provided a range of services to the build, which was a part of the college’s strategy to gain academy status. The project began in 2009 with the remodelling of four classrooms into science rooms offering the latest in teaching facilities. This enhanced the college’s capacity and capability to effectively deliver the curriculum, including its specialist core subjects allowing the college to convert to academy status.
Not only will students benefit from the freedoms that come with academy status but the development also offers a new single story training block, four storey teaching building incorporating modern and foreign languages, art and design, a library and general teaching classrooms.
Andrew McInnes, Technical Director, WYG said: “It is always rewarding when our contribution to a project helps lead to further success. The new build itself is going to add further benefits and enhance teaching and learning opportunities, but the academy status also opens up other advantages to the college.
“Having academy status means the college is independent of local government control and has more freedom to make its own decisions concerning the delivery of the curriculum, and the ability to change the length of its terms and college days, amongst other key areas.
“The last few areas of the project are being completed including landscaping which includes a new pupil drop-off area which, when secured, also provides external hard play areas, which is hoped to be completed and handed over by the end of March.”
Working as part of a consortium WYG’s expert consultants provided civil and structural, mechanical and engineering and BREEAM services to the 18 month project.
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