A new era dawns for Hull Trinity House Academy in £10m move
CONSTRUCTION work has begun on creating a new home for Hull Trinity House Academy.
The academy, currently based in Princes Dock Street, will be relocated to the former University of Lincoln site.
The George Street plot will benefit from £10 million of work to bring it up to standard.
It will double the size of the newly-converted academy to take 600 boys, signaling the end of education on the Princes Dock Street site.
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The city centre site has become unfit for purpose and is not big enough to hold 600 boys.
Esteem Consortium, which is delivering the city's new schools, has awarded the contract for the work to family-owned Hull firm Houlton.
Sam Whitaker, Hull Esteem Consortium's chief executive, said: "Now that phase two of the Building Schools for the Future programme is under way and we are nearing completion on phase one, it seems we are reaching milestones almost on a weekly basis.
"It is excellent news as we continue together to create a legacy for generations of students from across the city, as well as having a positive impact on local communities and the local economy."
The Hull Trinity House relocation is the latest development in what is the single largest regeneration project undertaken in the city.
Nineteen new, world-class schools will be opened by the end of 2014.
Already, more than £150 million of schools have been opened under the scheme, including the £48 million Sirius Academy and Ganton Special School, the £33 million Archbishop Sentamu Academy and the £38 million Winifred Holtby School and Tweendykes Special School, which have all been open a year.
Thomas Ferens Academy, Christopher Pickering Primary School, Malet Lambert School and Endike Primary School all opened two weeks ago. The George Crothall building in George Street was, until recently, in use by the University of Lincoln.
The building will be remodelled internally to accommodate the 600 pupils and Houlton will reclad the exterior to create an energy-efficient structure.
Keith Gilson, of Houlton, said: "As a local construction firm, we are thrilled to have been awarded the contract to deliver a project that will benefit the education offering available to the future generations of the city.
"We see this project as the perfect opportunity to create something the city can be proud of and look forward to working on the development."