New Community Space for Ivanhoe College
Work has started on a £1 million scheme at Ivanhoe College in Ashby, Leicestershire which will see improved catering and social provision by August 2013.
The work has been split into three phases; the first and second phases will concentrate on improving energy efficiency and involves replacing the windows in the main teaching block with new energy efficient units. This will massively improve the conditions of the classrooms and learning environments, being complete in March 2013.
In the final phase of work, the existing building will be remodeled to form a new coffee shop and associated dining spaces. The new facilities will greatly improve the lunchtime experience for all students but will also be made available for the benefit of local community groups, which is an important aspect of the specialist academy’s plans for the future. This will begin in March 2013 and will be complete for the new term in August 2013.
The school have been delighted to secure funding from both Leicestershire Local Authority and the Department for Education (DfE).
Designed by GSSArchitecture, Partner Jonathan Hunter, said, “This is great example of how new life can be breathed in to existing buildings. These exciting developments will provide a communal space with state-of-the-art catering facilities, creating a key location for students to socialise and meet at lunch time. The academy is an important part of the local community and the developments will help to strengthen existing relationships.”
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