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A ‘MASSIVE step forward’ is how the MP for Eddisbury described The Winsford E-ACT Academy’s new school building.

Stephen O’Brien was among dignitaries and members of the public invited to tour the £19.6 million facility on Friday, November 9.

Children’s’ learning needs have informed the design from the ground up, with Kier Construction due to complete the build two months before new pupils arrive next September.

The structure’s high-tech, modern facilities have already started to reverse the historical trend of Winsford losing secondary pupils to neighbouring towns. 2013’s projected group of Year Sevens is 50 per cent up on last year’s intake.

Andrew Duncalf, E-ACT’s director of finance; said: “Winsford is a town where a big percentage of children who live here travel elsewhere for their secondary education. But the feel good factor of coming to a school with brand new facilities is proving very attractive.”

The new building will increase EACT’s intake from 1,045 to 1,700, taking into account an increased demand, Winsford’s growing population, and incoming laws raising school leaving age to 18 by 2015.

The school’s main concourse – known as ‘The Street’ – is a spacious corridor dividing a three-story section of airy modern classrooms from distinct ground-floor zones, where high-ceilings and ample creative space accommodate design technology, art and drama subjects.

Each of the classrooms is set back from a balcony overlooking The Street, offering students areas to socialise and study.

Also featured are a new library, ample bike sheds and lockers, and a large assembly hall able to seat 425 people, enabling larger scale school productions.

Coupled with music rooms and a redesigned school field of sports pitches and multi use games areas, Winsford’s new high school is due to encourage increased extra-curricular use.

Vicky Atkinson, deputy director of finance, said: “It’s long overdue. The people of Winsford have needed a new school building for very many years, and we’re very excited to be able to offer this new learning experience.”

MP Stephen O’Brien said: “I was really impressed to see the progress which has been made in the new Winsford E-Act Academy building. The concern shown by the contractors to minimise the impact and disruption to the local neighbourhood and the fact that it was designed with the benefit of the children’s’ learning experience to the fore is a massive step forward for Winsford. The Academy has my complete support.”

Originally published in the Winsford Guardian


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BAM Construction scooped an £80m contract to design and build three new academy schools for Medway Council last year, and Virtual Planit were awarded the visualisation work for two of them – Brompton and Bishop of Rochester.

Les Wicks, Medway council’s children’s services councillor, said: “BAM’s scheme was chosen for the way it responded to the educational brief as well as the views raised by students during the design competition and their desire to deliver the building.”

Rod Stiles, construction director at BAM, added: “BAM is delighted to be working with Medway to deliver the new academies. We look forward to forging a great partnership that will deliver three outstanding academies for students and the surrounding communities.”

The video and images shown here formed part of the planning process.

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Teville Gate

Worthing Borough Council has given the go ahead for Hanson Capital Management’s £150m Worthing Gateway regeneration proposals.

The Worthing Gateway development is the first major town centre commercial scheme in the region for over 20 years.

Hanson Capital Management will go to the market to find a contractor later this year to meet the schedule to start construction in mid-2012.

Worthing’s landmark mixed-use development, designed by Russ Drage Architects, will include a nine-screen cinema complex, residential and retail facilities, including a new Conference and Exhibition Centre.

Worthing Gateway Summary

• A 9 screen multiplex Cinema (under offer to Vue)
• 260 new homes
• 88-bedroom high quality hotel
• Restaurants and coffee shops
• 50,000 sq ft Sainsbury’s supermarket
• Conference and Exhibition Centre
• Health and fitness centre
• Office suites/business space

Below ground car park of about 400 spaces and decked car parking of 560 spaces.

Traffic and pedestrian improvements

John Desmond, Managing Director of Hanson Capital Management said: “This is great news for Worthing’s future prosperity.

“We have had very strong support from residents who want to get the project moving so that the long-term Teville Gate eyesore can be finally cleared away and a new start made on this key town centre site”

He added: “The supermarket and cinema are already under offer and discussions are progressing with occupiers for the Hotel and Conference and Exhibition Centre.

“Discussions are also taking place with national and regional restaurant groups”

Blue Sky Planning are planning consultants. HNG and Savills are joint letting agents.

http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2011/09/26/go-ahead-for-150m-worthing-gateway/

This new video from Virtual Planit describes the Energy from Waste (EfW) facility and an Environmental Technologies Complex – a cluster of waste management and environmental technology facilities.

Located on the south bank of the Manchester Ship Canal in Cheshire, the 51ha (126 acre) multi modal site has excellent road and rail access and berthing onto the canal. It offers the opportunity to create a leading concentration of waste management, recycling and reprocessing users in the North West.

The park will be run by Ince Park LLP in a joint venture partnership between Covanta Energy, a world leader in the development and operation of large scale EfW projects, and Peel Environmental, a subsidiary of The Peel Group, one of Britain’s leading infrastructure, transport and real estate companies.

Phase One of the development will see Covanta, the world’s biggest operator of EfW facilities, building the 95MW EfW facility.

This means that there should be several hundred construction jobs over a three year period in addition to creating more than 1,000 full time jobs across the full Ince site.

Bringing rare human anatomy to life, Virtual Planit are heavily involved in presenting otherwise inaccessible medical collections to the desktops of experts and students worldwide. Following extensive trials over the past 18 months the product was recently launched at The Barbican in London, and at the new AVIVA Stadium in Dublin.

The breakthrough with our unique methodology has seen the launch of fully interactive and annotated objects online, immersive iPhone and iPad applications, as well as stereo 3D projection – demonstrated on a 3m wide screen, and controlled with an X-Box controller!

Also available is a haptics colouring workstation which took the eye of Matt Zitzmann from Google, who expressed an interest in helping to develop online desktop solutions.

Enquiries also came from international photo libraries who want to market these products to some of the largest educational investment organisations in the world. As a result of these enquiries MEL has already negotiated favourable royalty terms for Europe, the USA, ASIA and South America.

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