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Flagship £8m academy unveiled

Interiors and exteriors of the redeveloped Unity Academy on Warbreck Hill Road in Blackpool.
Dining room.  PIC BY ROB LOCK
13-5-2014

Interiors and exteriors of the redeveloped Unity Academy on Warbreck Hill Road in Blackpool. Dining room. PIC BY ROB LOCK 13-5-2014

You might remember it as Beacon Hill High School or Warbreck High School, but this is the newly redeveloped Unity Academy.

The historic school site in North Shore has undergone an £8.2m facelift – unveiled today by academy bosses.

The improved and upgraded school facilities boast state-of-the-art science laboratories, specialist hair and beauty teaching rooms, upgraded classrooms and bespoke resource areas.

They also include the addition of a dance studio and gym and an extension to the drama hall.

Principal, Chris Lickiss said: “We are delighted with the outcome in all aspects of the project which strongly supports our drive to improve and significantly raise standards.

“This transformation of our learning environment will help us equip our young people with the attitudes, skills and knowledge they will need to lead successful lives.”

Inspiring working areas were key to school bosses when creating the new school, with inspirational education related quotes adorning the walls of corridors and classrooms.

The academy, on Warbreck Hill Road, caters for children aged from four to 16-years-old, with the senior and primary schools separate but linked by an open plan dining area.

The final phase of the building work included recladding the buildings and landscaping the outdoor play areas.

The project was completed by Eric Wright Construction (EWC), the same firm which won awards for its rebuild of Highfield Humanities College, South Shore.

But it was a more challenging job than usual as builders worked alongside classrooms and pupils.

Mr Lickiss added: “The outcomes of the partnership between EWC and ourselves very much reiterates our school mission: ‘In Unity, we succeed’.”

And John Wilson, managing director of EWC, said: “Construction projects that involve working in a live school environment are always a challenge, so we are really pleased that the phased demolition and refurbishment project has all worked out as planned.

“Adding to the academy’s growing reputation, we are confident the improved and upgraded facilities have created a 21st Century learning environment that can be enjoyed by pupils and teachers for years to come.”

 

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