Isle of Portland Academy

Multi-disciplinary services for a state-of-the-art all-through school set to transform education for Portland’s young people.

Isle of Portland Academy

Hydrock was appointed as part of Wates’ design team to work on the development of a new co-educational all-through school and sixth form for pupils aged 3-19 on the Isle of Portland in Dorset.

Building work is presently underway to convert the former MOD Admiralty Underwater Weapons Establishment at Southwell into the new 1,500 pupil school.

Working closely with the project architect, landscape architect and planning consultant, Hydrock produced a suite of documents and technical designs to support the planning application for the school. Specific consideration was given to parking, pick-up/drop-off arrangements and access by sustainable modes of transport.

Despite gaining the support of the local highway authority and the approval of council officers, planning permission for the scheme was initially turned down. However, we won the subsequent appeal, securing planning consent at a public inquiry, with our input being described as ‘excellent’ by the client.On completion the campus will include a state-of-the-art sports hall, a suite of new science laboratories, a heated community swimming pool and a 200-seat performing arts theatre, which it is hoped can also be used as a community cinema.

The new campus is set to open in September 2016 and will cost £24m. The end result will be a world-class educational facility delivering better learning and higher achievement for Portland’s young people, as well as opening up new resources for the wider community.

Images reproduced with kind permission of AHR.