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Academy scores top marks for its design

PARK Hall Academy’s new-look premises have won a national design award.

PARK Hall Academy’s new-look premises have won a national design award.

The Castle Bromwich educational facility won the ‘Best Design for a New School’ category, at a ceremony in London.

The awards took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, on November 12. They were held to celebrate the most innovative projects, and people involved in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Park Hall – which opened its new building last year – beat schools from Hackney, Islington, Nottingham, and Milton Keynes.

Coun Ken Meeson, leader of the council, who attended the awards, said: “Park Hall is a fantastic building that provides a vastly improved learning environment.

“The award is well deserved, and it was pleasing to find the school was also a finalist in the ‘Innovation in Sustainability’ category. Congratulations to the whole team that contributed to this success.”

BSF is a national programme to rebuild, or refurbish schools. Solihull managed to secure £80m of funding to replace Forest Oak, Merstone, and Lanchester special schools, and Archbishop Grimshaw, Smith’s Wood, and Park Hall secondary schools.

 

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