Demolition work preparing for £10million new build at Hartsdown Academy ahead of schedule

Demolition work at the school Photo John Horton

Demolition work at Hartsdown Academy in preparation for a £10 million new build is ahead of schedule with the former Year 7 transition block and canteen now flattened.

The ground area is now cleared, new polythene membrane has been laid and the last of rubble is being removed.

Work began in September after a small delay caused by the discovery of crested newts at the site.

How it looked. The multi-coloured building has now been demolished Photo John Horton

The old structures have been brought down to make way for the new buildings.

The school plans to knock down five of its teaching blocks and create the new school building and sports hall extension.

The first phase is the demolition of the dining, library and humanities blocks. This will be the site of the main build of a new two storey and part three store teaching block.

Photo Jamie Horton

The new site will have art rooms on the upper floors to obtain natural daylight, engineering spaces on the ground floor  and food technology adjacent to the dining hall.

The first floor of the teaching block will accommodate the majority of standard classrooms such as ICT and graphics.

The new build is expected to be completed by February 2020.

Cleared Photo Jamie Horton

The second phase will be demolition of the music block and one storey buildings at the rear to create a Sports Hall block with new changing rooms, an activity studio, music rooms and a classroom providing additional teaching support.

How the new teaching block at Hartdown Academy will look (dha planning)

This part of the scheme is expected to take around 6 months and should be completed by September 2020.

A bid for funding for the third phase has been submitted.

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Future ambitions for Hartsdown include becoming an all-through primary/secondary school serving children aged 4 – 19, similar to the St George’s site in Broadstairs.