Who is undertaking the work?
Diverse Academies Trust and the Department for Education (DfE) are currently working with BAM Construction and Gleeds to deliver this purpose built specialist academy for children with severe, complex, profound and multiple learning difficulties. The academy will eventually grow to house a total of 138 pupils with an age range of 3 – 18 from reception class to young adults. Yeoman Park Academy is a fully inclusive academy and strives to ensure that all children meet their full potential.
What will the facilities include?
The state of the art building will provide appropriate sport and recreation facilities, with an ambition to enhance facilities for the community as well as the school population.
Where will the building be situated?
The new building will be situated between the existing academy and the Manor academy to the north. Once the building is complete the existing school will be demolished and an additional sports pitch created for Leas Park junior school to the south.
The site layout aims to retain as much of the existing vegetation within the site as possible as an integral part of the landscape scheme, that also incorporates a comprehensive sustainable drainage system.
The building is located to make use of the existing site entrance and provide good access to all facilities for all users. It also sensitively addresses the surrounding area by keeping the development to a single storey at its closest boundary to existing neighbours to the east. The site layout has been developed to make maximum use of the external areas, including a variety of external spaces and four court Multi Use Games Area appropriate for students with complex needs. It also provides safe dedicated access to parking and drop off areas, as well as to cycle and pedestrian links to the main building entrances.
What will the building look like?
The building form is arranged in two teaching wings that stem from the main building spine, creating a protected courtyard, with the rear of the building form creating a link to the outdoor facilities. The building mass is varied and includes both two and single storeys, which reduces the visual dominance of the built form.
The materials palette draws on local brick tones, consisting of a mainly red brick, with areas of the façade emphasised by vertical cladding. Grey framed windows with dark brick dividing panels create an elegance to the façade proportions.
How will Yeoman Park Academy work with the adjoining schools?
Discussions with the leaders of Manor and Leas Park Schools have already taken place and the schools are fully supportive of the proposed development. Those discussions will continue throughout the planning of the new school, to coordinate the programme of works and ensure as little disruption as possible for all schools during the construction process.
Further details will be submitted to Mansfield District Council in January, with works planned to start on site in July 2023, allowing the school to relocate ready for the September term in 2024. The existing buildings will then be demolished and a playing field created in its place in early 2025.