Work starts on the long awaited expansion of Barking Abbey-Spring 2018
We are delighted to announce that works have commenced on the long awaited expansion of our school. The new accommodation will enable a further 90 pupils per year group to be admitted along with additional sixth form places.
In excess of £21 million pounds is being invested in new buildings and refurbishment works providing specialist teaching accommodation, including Design Technology, Science, IT, Art, library, Music and Drama, along with a new sports hall for the Longbridge site.
We will be waving goodbye to the 1940’s horsa hut dining hall and kitchen at Longbridge road, to make way for a new multipurpose hall and kitchen, which will provide nutritional meals to students throughout the day.
On the Sandringham road site, once the new teaching accommodation is built and specialist sixth form accommodation is completed in January 2019, the old demountables will be removed from site to make way for additional parking and pupil recreation areas.
Over the last 10 months the representatives from the Borough’s Children’s Services Department, ‘Be First’ and the school have been working with Neilcott Building Contractors and their design team (including architects from award winning Rivington Street Studio), to design buildings that maintain the character of both sites, whilst also fitting the budget. This was of upmost importance to the team, along with ensuring the best teaching accommodation possible is achieved.
Works started at Longbridge road earlier in the New Year and anyone passing the site will see the steelwork has shot up. Works are to be completed before start of new 2018/19, with works on the sports hall continuing into the following spring. The teaching block is to be constructed with red brick faced walls, with grey powder-coated aluminium windows and a twin duopitch roof. The palette of materials has been specifically chosen to sit well with the existing 1920’s single storey, pitched roof building and the new block’s location next to the park retains and reinforces the view of the existing building from Longbridge Road. The additional sports hall will extend the community facilities the school already offers.
Works on the Teaching Block Extension and Sixth Form Centre on the Sandringham Road site, have just commenced and are due for completion in January 2019. This extension to the existing Arts and Humanities block in Woodbridge road block will have red brick faced lower floor walls with through-coloured blue render on upper floor and grey powder coated aluminium windows. The extension is mainly a two-storey, but reduces to a single storey at its end by the rear gardens in Westrow drive.