New school build plans

Sketch plans of Ormiston's new building at the merged academy.
Sketch plans of Ormiston's new building at the merged academy.
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Work has already begun to accommodate a new multi-million pound building at a recently merged secondary school.

The newly renamed Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy, which is the result of the merger between Ormiston Ilkeston and Enterprise academies last month, is due to start demolition to make way for building later this year.

Ormiston's new building at the merged academy.

Ormiston's new building at the merged academy.

Contractor Balfour Beatty is due to begin taking down the Cantelupe building classroom block at the King George Avenue school in December.

The demolition work is scheduled to be completed by February 2014 to make way for the new block, which will include a lecture theatre and new classrooms.

There will also be science labs and computing resources, as well as further refurbishments to the existing buildings.

The old temporary classrooms that have been on site for many years will also be removed. The work is being paid for with a £7.49m grant from the Government’s Department for Education.

Principal Dave Smith said: “This is a period of great change for the academy with the successful merger having taken place and the building work due to start but we hope that this really will be the beginning of a new era at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy.

“Students and staff will significantly benefit from the new buildings, which will provide us with state-of-the-art facilities that will help us to meet the highest educational standards that we have set for ourselves.”

Work has already been carried out at the academy as part of the refurbishment programme which has seen classrooms redecorated, new flooring and blinds installed, along with new furniture.

The dining hall has also had a makeover and further works are scheduled for the October half-term holiday.

More than 10 local contractors were used to carry out the improvements including decorators, carpenters, plasterers, builders and suppliers.

While the demolition work takes place, the area surrounding the building will be fenced off and the contractors will access the site via a temporary entrance in West End Drive.

The Cotmanhay and Ilkeston schools merged in September after Ormiston reported falling student numbers.