Students and teachers are delighted with the new facilities on the £22.5m project.
Stephen Tierney, Headteacher commented “Students have been totally amazed by the building, the look on their faces as they came in made everything worthwhile. The quality of the work is absolutely fantastic and the school is even beyond our dreams.”
This is just the first phase of the redevelopment of the Blackpool school which includes modern new sixth form facilities, revolutionary science and computer labs, around 40 new contemporary classrooms and a fitness gym.
The second phase, due for completion in 2013, includes the opening of an exciting new sixth form, a school hall and dining hall and new, ungraded staff facilities. The final phase will complete in 2014 when Christ the King Primary School and Christ the King Parish Church will move onto site.
The design, undertaken by Nightingale Associates, sees the amalgamation of both primary and secondary within a single footprint to create a stunning new learning space for the children in Blackpool.
Works have been phased to allow the school to remain fully operational for the duration of the project.
Upon seeing the new building students commented, “WOW! It’s absolutely incredible!! Our school is so lucky to have such dedicated people working on the BSF.”
“It is just incredible! The new building looks like something from the future – everything looks really high tech.”
“The new building is very impressive, bright colours and a more relaxed and modern environment.”
“I like the idea of having new and old architecture under one roof. The new long corridor (The Street) makes for easy access to all subject areas, a bit like a flowing river.”
St Marys Catholic College was secured as part of the Blackpool BSF Scheme, and as well as constructing the school Eric Wright Group will be providing building maintenance, security and cleaning services to the school for a 25 year duration.