Shrewsbury Academy applies for four temporary classrooms and two science labs

By Jordan Reynolds | Shrewsbury | News | Published:

An academy wants permission to put up two modular buildings for four classrooms, two science labs and toilets.

A decision on the plans will be made by Shropshire Council

Shrewsbury Academy, in Corndon Crescent and Worcester Road, has applied to Shropshire Council for permission for the new teaching space after it was revealed all students bar Year 7 will be at the Corndon Crescent site in Sundorne next month.

As of January, all students are planned to be taught at the Corndon Crescent site.

The school's existing gross external floor area is about 4,540sqm on a school site covering 3.87 hectares. The proposed new buildings would have a total floor area of 432sqm.

The application states that the temporary buildings will be housed on the site of disused tennis courts and will be phase one of a series of developments.

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The site was chosen as the tennis courts were deemed to be "substandard" and unsuitable due to health and safety reasons, according to the plans. The school now uses the facilities at the Shrewsbury Sports Village, on Sundorne Road.

The plans state: "Shrewsbury Academy has recently received a large capital grant to expand the facilities at the Corndon Crescent Campus site which is to include four classrooms, two science laboratories together with toilet provision.

"The late development of the proposal means that traditional construction is not viable to meet the September 2018 completion requirement.


"Therefore, the accommodation is to be located in two temporary single storey modular pre-fabricated buildings.

"This temporary accommodation is to be phase one of a series of developments.

"It is the academy’s intention to carry out further developments at the site. These will ultimately lead to the two temporary buildings being replaced by a permanent structure allowing all the staff and students to be finally on one site, providing faster progress and improvement of the school."

The Shrewsbury Academy is part of the Shrewsbury Academies Trust, which also includes Grange Primary School and Longlands Community Primary School.

The school is a new mixed secondary school, offering education for students from the age of 11 to 16. There are currently two sites, one at Corndon Crescent, the former Sundorne Secondary School, and the other at Worcester Road in Shrewsbury, the former Grange School.

Shropshire Council's planning department will consider the application in the coming weeks.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.


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