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Work on new £23m school in Keighley 'progressing well'

31/10/2016 Joanna

A new state-of-the-art building for Beckfoot Oakbank Academy in Keighley is taking shape ahead of a planned opening in Easter 2018.

Around £23 million is being spent on the three-storey complex, which is being built on the former astroturf area in the grounds of the school's existing Oakworth Road complex, reports the Telegraph & Argus.

Following the completion of surveying this spring, construction work got underway in earnest in July, with work on the ground floor of the building now essentially complete. The entire three-storey framework is expected to be in place by Christmas.

The project is being supported by the government's Priority Schools Building Programme, which uses private funding. The school's 1,600-plus pupils are currently still being taught in its existing buildings while construction work is carried out, and will move in once complete, with most of the older complex to be demolished thereafter.

Headteacher David Maxwell said: "The new facilities will be wonderful - not just for the school, but for the whole community. A new astroturf is already in place on the old tennis courts, and with our new academy status, these are very exciting times for the school."

The construction of the new building represents the latest phase of a significant period of transformation for Beckfoot Oakbank Academy, formerly known as Oakbank School, which became an academy through a partnership with the Beckfoot Multi-Academy Trust on September 1st.

In addition to the main three-storey structure, a brand new recreation building will be developed as part of the revamped school complex, allowing the academy to provide a higher-quality infrastructure to support its teachers and students.

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