Academy building work progresses well

Eastbourne Academy building works
Eastbourne Academy building works

The multi million pound building work at the Eastbourne Academy is well underway and is on schedule to be completed in early November.

Around £10.2 million is being spent on redeveloping the school in Brodrick Road, which has undergone a huge transformation since it changed from being the Eastbourne Technology College, was granted Academy staus and changed its name.

A new hall and canteen are being built and a new car parking area for joint use by the Academy and Hampden Park Sports Centre is the latest phase of the project, which has seen old parts of the building demolished to create more parking spaces.

Work on a new entrance will be finished by the start of the new term in September, along with the new English and technology rooms and the new food hall.

A new access road off Brodrick Road into the school grounds is also planned.

Keith Pailthorpe, Eastbourne Academy principal, said he was delighted with the progress on the building work and very excited for the opportunities it would provide for students to learn in new buildings.

Recently Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd had a site tour of the new buildings by Mr Pailthorpe and senior project managers from Kier Group, Ben Hunter and Martin Perry, and the Academy student ambassadors.

Mr Lloyd said, “The transformation we are seeing at the Academy is amazing. So much effort, from so many people, has gone into this wonderful school in the last few years.

“The extensive building works are the icing on the cake and Hampden Park will be getting the new secondary school that it has always deserved.

“I look forward to seeing it completed and attending the opening later this year. Well done to all concerned.”