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Topping Out Ceremony For Northhampton Academy Project

The topping out of the landmark Northampton Academy School has been celebrated by the unveiling of an engraved foundation stone to mark the completion of the school’s frame which is being built by Miller Construction.

Attending the ceremony, along with representatives from Miller Construction, were Dame Angela Rumbold, chair of the United Learning Trust, who unveiled the foundation stone; Sir Ewan Harper, Chief Executive of United Learning Trust, Martyn Baker, Academy Principal and Academy students. The new Academy, situated on Billing Brook Road, will provide state-of-the-art facilities for pupils and staff including sports facilities, a recording studio, and a Learning Resource Centre that will incorporate a Library and an out of hours Study Support Centre.

The construction phase of the new school is due for completion in September 2005.

Philip Harrison, regional director, Miller Construction, “We are delighted to be involved in the ceremony which marks a key milestone in the development. Northampton Academy is a landmark project, providing the highest build quality and design. “Miller Construction is proud to be part of the team which is delivering a first class education facility, fit for the 21st century, in the heart of Northampton. The new multi-million pound Academy was designed by award-winning architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley and will comprise four faculties clustered around a central courtyard, creating a strong civic presence whilst sitting comfortably in the green spaces adjacent to its grounds.

Unveiling the Foundation Stone, Dame Angela Rumbold, said: “This is an exciting time for all of us and another milestone has been reached towards this fantastic new Academy building. Northampton Academy has been designed to provide the best possible environment for learning and teaching and offers amazing facilities to help students develop new interests and fulfil their potential. “The Academy will also offer many benefits to the local community including facilities for adult learning and sports that can be used by all, but most importantly will have the ability to produce successful, confident and competent school-leavers with skills and qualifications.”

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