Work to transform the former site of Endeavour School on Beverley Road in Hull has been completed.
The building has been fully refurbished to make way for Hull Trinity House Academy, who will be starting the school year at the new location this month.
The school is run by the Delta Academy Trust. The move has enabled them to increase their Year 7 intake from 120 pupils to 240 pupils, also opening the school to girls as well as boys.
Work began in August last year. Phase one of the works saw the internal strip out and service disconnections, as well as minor remodelling. Phase two saw the dining hall extended and the main building refurbished, bringing the site up to date as a modern, fit for purpose secondary school.
Councillor Linda Tock, portfolio holder for children’s services said: “Making sure Hull’s children get the best possible education is one of the council’s most important priorities.
“I’m pleased to see this work complete so we can offer more much-needed secondary school places for the city and provide more choice for families.
“This newly refurbished site will provide an excellent new learning environment for Trinity House Academy students.”
Gavin Barley, Hull Esteem General Manager, said: “This new setting allows Hull Trinity House Academy to double their intake of pupils, making the school fully co-educational and giving more young people a chance to experience the Academy’s unique ethos and education pathways.”
Local firm Sewell Construction have completed the build, working with the local supply chain and employing 82% of people from a HU postcode.
Martin Standley, Project Manager with Sewell said: “The school had to be turned round in a tight timescale to allow pupils to move in for the new school year and I’m delighted with the quality of the finish we’ve achieved, with bright, light rooms giving pupils and staff an inviting and attractive place to learn.
“By refurbishing an existing building we’ve been able to create a new school setting without the same impact on the environment as a new build, and delivering in a more sustainable way has been at the heart of the project.”
Giving something back to the local community has also been a driver behind the project, with over 180 hours of work experience being undertaken on site and several apprentices learning their trade alongside the project team.