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Interserve to transform Portsmouth's Charter Academy with £8m development

by Interserve Press Office | Mar 18, 2013

Interserve, the international support services and construction group, is to redevelop the Charter Academy in Portsmouth on behalf of the academy sponsors, ARK Schools.

The Academy specialises in teaching mathematics and performing arts to pupils up to 18 years and is to be remodelled through an £8 million refurbishment and new build programme of works. The project will see the refurbishment of an existing four-storey teaching block, and the construction of a new linked-build teaching block to accommodate the Academy's Maths, English and Music teaching curriculum, as well as a new dining/commons and drama hall.

Procured through the National Academies Framework, the scheme will transform a congested and crumbling existing site into an open-plan, accessible and modern campus. Responding to site constraints and considering the positive impact to be made on the community, a new main entrance is to be constructed to create a strong and positive first impression for visitors, and to bind the school to the locality.

Gareth Drake, Interserve's Project Manager on the scheme comments:

"This project showcases our strategies for working on a live site, while minimising disruption for clients. Health and safety are paramount on all our projects of course, but especially so when pupils, teachers and visitors are present, as is the case here. We are required to ensure that building work noise levels are minimised so as not to disrupt lessons. Deliveries are being made out of peak teaching times, and all of our practices and schedules accommodate the needs of the day to day running of the school."

Naomi Carter, Vice Principal of Charter Academy comments:

"This is a very exciting time for us at Charter Academy. I am proud of the design that staff and students contributed towards. This Academy needed a new build to give students and the local community a school they could be proud of. It's great to think that the landscaping too is part of the project. Areas which were dull, uninspiring play areas will be transformed into open play areas where students can relax. For me, this project is about giving this city an 'Outstanding' school which everyone is proud to be associated with."

Currently a 600-place Academy, the new facility will, once completed in August 2014, accommodate 800 pupils with a 200 pupil sixth form, and will provide a new civil landmark and modern teaching facilities for pupils in and around the Portsmouth city centre.

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For further information please contact:

Nigel Charlesworth
Head of Corporate Communications
0118 960 2332 / 07824 482 585

Karen Lewis
Edson Evers
01785 255146

About Interserve

Interserve's vision is to redefine the future for people and places. It is one of the world's foremost support services and construction companies, operating in the public and private sectors in the UK and internationally, offering advice, design, construction, equipment and facilities management services. Interserve is based in the UK and is listed in the FTSE 250 index. The Group employees some 50,000 people worldwide and in 2012 generated gross revenue of £2.3 billion.

About Charter Academy

Charter Academy opened in September 2009, replacing St Luke's C of E School. Charter Academy is a mixed, non-selective school, offering places to 11 to 16 year olds. It plans to open a sixth form when its new buildings are completed, so that Charter students can continue their studies to age 18. The Academy specialises in mathematics and performing arts.


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