New £2.7m teaching block opens at Carlton Academy

 New £2.7m teaching block opens at Carlton Academy

HANDOVER: he caption is L to R, Matt Clowes, Project Manager, Henry Brothers; Ian Taylor, Midlands Managing Director, Henry Brothers; Richard Pierpont, Executive Headteacher, The Carlton Academy; Steve Mathers, Chair of Governors, The Carlton Academy; Phil Lovett, Operations Manager, The Carlton Academy; Dan Mason, Senior Consultant, Pulse; Marcus Robinson, Facilities Manager, Redhill Academy Trust.

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Work on a new £2.7m teaching block at The Carlton Academy.has now been completed.

The two-storey extension features ten new classrooms on the first floor, with a drama studio, Sixth Form Study Centre, first aid room, toilets, changing facilities, and storage rooms on the ground floor.

Built for Carlton Academy, part of Redhill Academy Trust, and funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, the project also included additional car parking and a new external social space.

Richard Pierpoint, Executive Head Teacher at The Carlton Academy, said: “We were delighted to secure the funding for this much needed facility and have worked in an outstanding partnership with the contractor. The new building sees the school able to meet the growing demand for secondary school places from within its catchment.

“As a growing, but still average size secondary school, we will continue to offer something very special for our students, both in terms of world class facilities, aligned to other significant investments in science and sport, as well as remaining able to know and support every child through their journey with us.”

The design and build development was project managed by Pulse, with CPMG Architects the architect, Tunstall Smith King the consulting engineers and William Saunders the principal designer.

Ian Taylor, managing director of the project’s contractor Henry Brothers Midlands, said: “As specialists in the building of educational facilities, it’s been exciting for Henry Brothers Midlands to have been part of the team on this project at Carlton Academy. The new facilities are first class and I am sure they will benefit the students enormously in their learning.

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“This project was on a very tight site, in a residential area, and I am proud of the way that Henry Brothers and others in the team successfully overcame these challenges during the construction phase to build this important and much-welcomed extension for the school.” 

During the build phase on the steeply sloping site, some 2500m3 of earth was removed – enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

Dan Mason, Senior Consultant at Pulse Consult, said: “The Carlton Academy School Key Stage 3-5 teaching block has been an outstanding project to be involved in and will provide an excellent facility for the school moving forwards.

Alex Walker, associate group leader for CPMG Architects, said: “The pupils and staff can now benefit from a contained drama studio, additional classrooms and a car parking area, which has allowed the school to increase its capacity from 900 to 1,200 pupils.”

Henry Brothers Midlands, which is based in Beeston, undertook a number of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities during the 45-week build period, including talks about career opportunities in construction and the sponsorship of the school’s football kit.

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