Building work starts on teaching centre
Work has started on a £2.4 million scheme to build a new learning centre and all-weather sports pitch at a Bath secondary school.
The turf cutting ceremony at Ralph Allen School this week launched a project which is expected to take around a year to complete.
Some of those in attendance included head teacher Libby Lee, chair of governors Dr Julia Garratt and ex-pupil and architect Fergus Feilden, who has been overseeing the scheme.
The two-storey Applied Learning Centre has been designed to improve the school's science, technology, engineering and maths teaching and will also be open to the community after school hours.
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It will feature a number of classrooms and outdoor gardens, and has been designed with the help of senior students.
Business manager Jo Marsh welcomed the launch and said it would be exciting to see how it would be used by the school and the wider community.
She said: "Inclusivity is at the heart of Ralph Allen School's ethos and the new building should be accessible to all, promoting equal access and opportunities throughout."
The creation of the all-weather pitch will allow pupils and community groups to train and play both in and out of school hours.
Head of PE Paul Davis said it would make a big difference to sporting provision at Ralph Allen.
He said: "We believe that the introduction of an all-weather pitch would provide us with a more consistent and usable playing surface which is of a much higher standard than our current facility."
The all-weather pitch is expected to be completed by next March, while the Applied Learning Centre should be finished by next August.