Quest Academy students watch demolition of South Croydon school building
The £16m rebuild of a South Croydon academy moved a step closer with the demolition of its sports hall.
Students watched as workers knocked down the Quest Academy building in Farnborough Avenue, where a new 900-pupil school is being constructed.
The sports halls will be replaced by a state-of-the art athletics track, an auditorium and a landscaped green space.
The new academy building will also include a 215-capacity sixth-form building and community facilities for Monks Hill Sports Centre.
Building work is scheduled to finish in summer 2014.
Andy Crofts, principal of The Quest Academy, said: "It's been great to see such quick progress to date and we’re all looking forward to seeing the new building come into form over the next few months.
"Our students had a great experience being up close to the demolition, especially when the remainder of the building literally roared to the ground.
An artist's impression of the new school
"Needless to say, we are eagerly awaiting moving the Academy into the new building in just over a year’s time."
Richard Shroll, London business unit director for Wates Construction, the firm building the new school, said: "We were delighted to welcome the staff and students onto site as we begin the first stage in the creation of their brand new academy building.
"Demolition of the existing sports halls as well as the link bridge to the old school building will clear the site for the new facility enabling us to commence construction promptly in the next few weeks."
Andy Crofts, principal of The Quest Academy, and Richard Shroll, London business unit director for Wates Construction
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