The first of Medway’s flagship academy builds has been completed, on time and on budget.
The doors of Strood Academy’s old building have closed for the final time as its new £26million home gets set to open – the first new secondary in Medway for more than 40 years.
Covering more than 14,000 square metres, few would have missed the impressive new structure taking shape on Carnation Road, Strood, over the past 18 months.
With six science laboratories, library and seminar spaces, a sixth form centre, dance and drama studios and eight IT suites, the academy is designed to provide outstanding facilities for its 1,500 students as well as the local community.
It boasts a 60kW wind turbine – the first at a school in Medway – which will generate up to 17 per cent of the academy’s electricity requirements, as well as an all weather sports pitch, science courtyard and an outside performance area.
The grounds around the building will also be fully landscaped with a wetland study area, garden area, fitness trails, and a wildlife garden.
Building Contractor BAM Construction, who have been on site since February 2011 have now officially handed over the keys to the academy, who will get to work ensuring all the finishing touches and equipment are in place for the new school term in September.
The contractors who are also working on the building projects at Brompton Academy and Bishop of Rochester Academy , have worked with Medway Council to get students involved throughout the builds, with Strood Academy rated in the top ten per cent of projects across the UK by industry body Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Sponsored by Medway Council and the University of the Creative Arts, the academy specialises in mathematics, business and enterprise.
It’s the first of Medway’s three new academy builds to be completed, with work well underway at the Bishop of Rochester Academy, Chatham, and Brompton Academy, Gillingham, both due to open in September 2013.
Principal Richard Hart, said:” The Academy Trust is delighted to move into such an inspirational building. The partnership with Medway Council and BAM has been successful throughout the design and build phase and we look forward to the completion of the outdoor sports facilities in the autumn. The new building will inspire future generations of young people to achieve great things in Strood.”
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “The completion of the academy marks a great milestone for the academy programme and for education in Medway as a whole. Strood Academy is already making a real difference to students’ learning and progress and the delivery of the new buildings through Medway Council will enable students to achieve even better
“On top of this, the academy will be open to the whole community and will be able to work with other schools, including Medway primaries, to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from these new buildings.”
BAM construction director Rod Stiles said: “It has been a pleasure working with Medway Council and the academy sponsors, staff and students to complete the wonderful new buildings in plenty of time for their move this summer. We are delighted to have been recognised for our good practice and community involvement by the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
“We are now working on the final phase of the scheme, demolishing the redundant buildings and recycling the materials to form the base for both new hard games courts and a floodlit synthetic turf pitch.”

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