The Academy Selsey in West Sussex is being completely rebuilt by Rydon to provide an extended education provision for 690 pupils aged 7 – 16.

A fire destroyed almost all of the school, including the central teaching areas leaving a number of disconnected teaching and sports blocks unaffected. The project will upgrade and incorporate these separate elements blending refurbishment and new build to provide an enhanced school campus with improved accessibility.

The rapid mobilisation of the disaster recovery plan by the School, Ridge & Partners and The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) following the fire ensured teaching continued almost uninterrupted for pupils with temporary accommodation brought onto the school site as well as making use of facilities in the local community.

Rydon was appointed delivery contractor by TKAT, with Ridge acting as Project Managers and proving multidisciplinary design.

Construction work to the £11.3m one and two storey building is anticipated to be completed by summer 2018.

Previously a secondary school, the new combined junior and secondary school will be co-located on the single site providing additional facilities for the nearby Seal Primary School, also run by TKAT. The Academy will share staff and accommodation, including administration, catering and staff rooms, providing a number of efficiencies over two separate schools, but will retain separate entrances and drop off areas to retain the schools’ separate identities.