Green light for AHMM’s Olympic Village academy
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has landed crucial government backing for its Chobham academy scheme at the 2012 Olympic village
The £35 million structure, designed with Kinnear Landscape Architects, will be village’s main operations centre during the games and convert to a school for children of the post-Olympics community.
The plan to build the specialist English and performing arts academy is ‘outstanding news’ for east London, said Children’s Secretary Ed Balls.
Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell said: ‘Standing in the grounds of the Olympic Park site, the Chobham Academy will build on the inspirational power of London 2012.
‘The top quality sports facilities offered by the school will give hundreds of children and people in the local community the chance to play sport and develop their sporting skills, creating a true legacy from the Games.’
The scheme is on target to complete for summer 2012.
The Olympic Village academy will offer:
- Spaces for 1,800 students between the ages of three and 19
- Nursery, primary and secondary schools, including a sixth-form with adult learning facilities
- The Academy will specialise in performing arts and English with a focus on sports excellence within the context of the world-class new sporting venues in the Olympic Park
- A comprehensive lifelong learning programme to meet the needs of existing local communities and the new communities that will develop in the area after 2012
- Day Care Facilities for children from 0 -5 years old, located on the school site, and fully integrated into the nursery and lower school
- A community arts complex for both the school and the community
- A Civic Hub, available for residents to use for social activities, meetings, gatherings and leisure pursuits
- A sports facility for the Academy and the community