Welcome to our information page about our new school at Hydra Business Park. Work commenced onsite on 23rd November 2015 and works are scheduled to be complete by 1st July 2016. We will still be having lessons at Thorncliffe Hall until the end of term which is 15th July 2016. After this date we will be moving across to the new school and will be fully operational by 1st August 2016 in time for the exam results and the recruitment of our new Y12 intake for September 2016.
This page will keep you updated with all the news and activities taking place through out the construction of our fantastic new premises. Please keep checking back for more news and photographs.
Three weeks on and it's getting closer to completion. Watch the video below to see the progress being made:
It's been a while since the last update to this blog. On Friday 27th May the first of the staff and students to see the work going on at Hydra visited the site:
I have been to Hydra today to meet with Jude the Quantity Surveyor to allocate our current furniture to rooms. You will see from my pictures below that work is progressing nicely:-
The walls are now having plaster board fitted and the electricians are also on site. The classrooms are really starting to take shape and all look to be a decent size and the labs are huge! Plastering will commence soon. Houltons expect to get all ceiling joist up and start to prepare ceilings over the next two weeks.
The lecture theatre and the flexible teaching area are now having the glazed screen frames fitted.
Externally, the groundwork is being laid out for the street lighting, that the black ducting you can see sticking up out of the ground.
And finally, (and Ali will be so excited), the groundwork for the outdoor sports area is being prepared. The contractors who will complete the sports area will be onsite within the next two weeks.
It was a glorious day to visit today – the sun was shining and lots more progress has been made. The photos below show the classrooms and labs. These first three photos are the labs – they are huge! Physics is full of building materials, the middle is biology and the last one is Chemstry.
Windows are now being fitted, and the infrastructure for electricity is being installed. Next week the plasterers are starting work. The ceiling beams are being installed and we will soon have ceilings in place.
The lecture theatre and flexible teaching area are progressing, I like the design of the full length windows in the flexible teaching area.
This is the first time I have seen my office (left picture) – that’s Ali’s on the right!
The end gable is now going up, and the works to widen the footpaths started this week.
I have asked about when we can take students and staff over, and Houlton’s just want a few more weeks for the scaffolding to come down then we can have an open afternoon for current students and staff. I’ll let you know when that will be.
The Building Contractor has sent us some aerial photos of the inside of the school. These are taken from a crane and show:-
Pic 181 is aerial view of flexible classroom and science area
Pic 182 is aerial view of catering kitchen and changing rooms for gym
Pic 183 and Pc 184 are aerial view of classrooms
The bricklayers are busy inside the school, and now we have classrooms, corridors and lots of the internal spaces taking shape. The photos below show the changing rooms and toilets in the first two pics, and the third shows the rear wall in the catering kitchen which backs onto the changing rooms.
The layout of the gym has begun, and you can see from my pictures, the steelwork going into place which will support columns and the brickwork as the sides go up. Work is also taking place to remove the air conditioning units which belong to David Simpson’s office block.
The entrance to the school is taking shape, and the slope is now almost level.
The classrooms on the Renault Trucks side are built
The corridors have been laid out, and below shows the corridors around the library area.
Another fantastic visit to our new school today! Lots more to see, and the photo below shows the chemistry classroom coming long nicely.
Brickwork is being laid for the adjoining prep room and store room for the science department. Our Finance & Business Manager, Lesley, got an opportunity to lay a brick! The bricklayers did straighten it up though so don’t worry.
The drainage is now installed and this picture shows the sports area, you can now see where the toilets will be and the shower facilities.
Steelwork is now in place to support the second tier of blockwork on the classroom walls.
The loading docks have now been filled and concreted over, and they have started the preparations for the footings for the entrance to the school.
From right to left: Derek Easton of Theobold Gardiner, Anton Van Zyl from the EFA Capital Team, Malcolm Chapman – site manager for Houlton’s, Lesley Starkes – Finance & Business Manager and Project Lead for Chapeltown Academy, Jude Leonard – Quantity Surveyor for Houlton’s and John Gledhill – Contract Manager from Houlton’s.
My last photo shows the new fencing which is being erected to the rear of the property. It will be a lovely spot with outdoor seating and ideal for train-spotting!
Work is continuing with laying the internal drainage, with pipework now being laid in the trenches that have been dug.
The loading bays have now been filled and will be concreted over to make flush with the floor surface.
Most exciting are the internal walls and classrooms that are being constructed.
This is a panoramic photo showing the double flexible classroom (has a divider partition to split into 2 rooms).
Work is also continuing on constructing the frame and brick work for the gable end of the school.
Following the Christmas break, work has recommenced on our building project, and lots of exciting activities are taking place.
The side of the building is now being taken down. Originally this was a chiller/refridgerator unit. This side of the building will be rebuilt. Orders have been placed for a water supply, the broadband connection and the telephone lines. Meetings took place this week with the catering contractor to agree the final layout of the kitchen and dining room. We also met with our ICT contractor to agree the final layout of all the wifi points, data points, position of our photocopiers, whiteboards and projectors etc.
The external site has now been cordoned off with security fencing, to ensure a safe path for users of the adjacent office block. The external doors, shutters and fastenings have all been removed as these are not required. This has highlighted the voids underneath the new admin block which will need filling in to make the floor level. Inside, a crane removes the iron columns which are not required in the new school. Work has commenced on marking where the windows and internal walls will be. That yellow square on the floor marks where the internal wall will be. If you look where the window is, you will see how wide the classrooms are going to be.
Work commenced on our new school at Hydra Business Park. Our contractor, Houlton’s, set up their onsite offices. Inside the office, is the project board, which shows what work will be taking place that week, which subcontractors or services will be on site, and any meetings which are taking place with architects, the school staff or our Education Funding Agency partners.