£26m Rebuild Success at Grace Academy Darlaston
Designed by Planit Design, the amazing £26 million rebuild project at Grace Academy Darlaston has been described as “aspirational” with its beautiful architecture and modern amenities which are planned to cater for 1, 500 school pupils. Tobermore, world class manufacturer, supplied a variety of paving products for this high profile scheme. Established in 1942, Tobermore manufacture an extensive catalogue of block paving, paving flags, kerbing and walling products for the commercial and private markets throughout the UK and Ireland.
Grace Academy replaced the former Darlaston Community Science College in 2009 and rebuild plans were announced soon after. Over a period of 2 years and with a team of 250, Kier Moss delivered this brilliant project. An official opening ceremony was held to mark the momentous occasion, with Streetly songbird Connie Talbot, ‘Blind Dave’ Heeley and the mayor of Walsall, Councillor Mohammad Nazir, in attendance.
Grace Academy’s Principal David Shaw spoke of the rebuild project; “It is absolutely fantastic, it is like a breath of fresh air. The biggest thing it brings is aspiration. We can really show the students they are worth it, we believe in the value of our students.” The new development at Herberts Park Road boasts fabulous new modern facilities including a state of the art music and recording studios, specialist drama studios and a full-size competition basketball sports hall. There are also plans for three full-size grass football pitches and one all-weather artificial pitch to be incorporated.
The pristine landscape boasts a selection of Tobermore’s finest paving products including sparkling Sienna in Mid Grey & Silver, fabulous Fusion in Silver, tumbled Tegula Trio in Bracken and Hydropave 240 in mellow Bracken & Natural, which has achieved a modern, stylish ambience, complementing the impressive facility perfectly.