Contract Name: The Boxing Academy, Alternative Provision Free School, Hackney
Contract Value: £4.5 million
Client: The Boxing Academy (Education Funding Agency)

Rydon has been appointed to deliver a £4.5m upgrade and re-build of the Boxing Academy which offers a high quality alternative education to even the most hard-to-reach young people, realised through the discipline, ethos and culture of boxing.

The specialist school in Hackney will provide a full-time alternative education for students between the ages of thirteen and sixteen who are at risk of educational exclusion.

Delivered over two phases, it will provide much improved facilities and increase the capacity of the school, providing more young people the opportunity to develop necessary skills and become valuable members of society.   

Phase one comprises:

  • Demolition of a dilapidated community hall
  • Refurbishment and re-modelling of a pair of town houses
  • New-build three storey structure to provide gym and catering space as well as space for additional teaching

Phase two comprises:

  • Refurbishment and re-modelling of a 1960s office building
  • New build atrium-style structure to connect and provide vertical and horizontal circulation space between the four buildings
  • Provision of a lift, showers and WC facilities
  • Repair and refurbishment to the Listed elements of the front elevation and general decoration

Registered as a charity in 2007, the Boxing Academy works with vulnerable and challenging young people in North and East London, using an intensive mentoring programme alongside teaching eight GCSEs, click here to read more.

Rydon has a broad range of experience in building and improving educational facilities and works closely with local partners to deliver sustainable projects that cater for the needs of students and leave a lasting positive legacy.

The Refurbishment team at Rydon also upgraded the Dale Youth Boxing Club in Kensington, which has produced some of the UK’s best boxing talent including Olympic Gold medal gold medallist James DeGale and IBF/WBA contender George Groves.