Marine Academy Plymouth
Changing the life opportunities of the community
Marine Academy Plymouth (MAP) is an important catalyst for the regeneration of the local area, helping to raise attainment levels and aspirations of both its students and the local community. The area surrounding MAP adjoins an extremely deprived area. The Academy’s vision to improve the life chances of its students by creating a ‘hub on the hill’ – an all age learning campus providing different options, transferable skills and self confidence. This needs to be supported by an outward signal of change, which has been fundamental to our design development. The school’s central vision is to create an all age campus for lifelong learners, at the centre of an engaged, regenerated community.
This proposal redevelops the existing MAP replacing most of the existing 1980’s building with new. The new build adjoins a small section of the 1980s building that is retained and refurbished. New links are established to the sports block and Esher buildings that are retained with minor improvements. The proposal significantly improves the school with major benefits for the pupils, teachers and the surrounding community. We have also designed and delivered a new primary free school MAP2 on the campus, supporting the all age learning vision for the campus.
Stride Treglown was appointed by BAM Construction as architects for the Marine Academy Plymouth development project during 2010-2011 academic year. Throughout the design process they listened to our requirements and were intent on delivering creative solutions to the complex project. They provided invaluable guidance, displayed considerable expertise regarding the educational context and undertook all aspects of the project in a supportive and professional manner. In essence, Stride Treglown worked with integrity and perseverance to assist us in fulfilling our vision and fully meet the requirements of the brief.
As a sign of our full confidence in Stride Treglown, when we were awarded a second tranche of funding to build our new Primary phase building, we took the decision to directly award the contract to Stride Treglown. Both students and staff have responded wonderfully to the new build, which really does shape and transform the educational provision provided at Marine Academy Plymouth. I would fully recommend Stride Treglown as an invaluable asset to any construction project.
Nick Ward, Principal, Marine Academy Plymouth