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Beacon Academy brings sports hall back into use for pupils after thorough refurbishment

Beacon Academy new sports hall

Beacon Academy brings sports hall back into use for pupils after thorough refurbishment

The first phase of an expansion and refurbishment works programme to Beacon Academy in Cleethorpes has been completed by North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE.

The works focused on bringing the sports hall back into use for pupils to use, by replacing the roof, repairing the damaged floor, replacing the ceiling and flooring in the entrance corridor, redecorating and installing new LED lighting.

Jason Thurley, Headteacher at Beacon Academy said: “I would like to thank everyone involved in the project including Christine Scott (NELC), the council’s partner ENGIE, and our sponsor; the Wellspring Academy Trust.

“Their hard work and support has created a fantastic sports hall for the young people at Beacon Academy. I know our PE team are looking forward to using the facility.

“This is another moment in an exciting time for our academy. Following our ‘Good’ OFSTED report in 2020, we are now heavily over-subscribed for September 2021 entry and we are committed to taking our site and facilities to the next level.”

In addition to the new sports facility, another phase of works at the academy is currently on site.

Refurbishment works to create a new Special Educational Needs (SEN) teaching unit are underway and set to be completed later this year.

The academy will also benefit from the £1.8 million Salix grant awarded through the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial strategy and being managed by ENGIE for the council.

The works will include upgrading the existing heating systems, installing renewable technologies to create greener, energy efficient, more carbon neutral buildings and are also due to be finished later this year.

There are further phases of building works to follow throughout the site as there is “a need to expand secondary provision within the Cleethorpes area of the borough”.

The next phase of the scheme will refurbish the site, providing the academy with fit-for-purpose buildings through the extension and redesign of the existing facilities.

Councillor Ian Lindley, portfolio holder for children, education and skills at North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “I’m really pleased to see these works progressing nicely and I’m thrilled for the school and the staff and students that will get the use the new space that has been completed.

“We’re keen to ensure that students in our area have access to the best facilities and the best spaces to learn and grow.”

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