Work starts on access to new academy

Works to provide vehicle and pedestrian access to the new Holy Trinity Academy site in Priorslee began this week.

Work starts on access to new academy

The new Holy Trinity Academy is part of Telford & Wrekin Council’s £200m Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme which is rebuilding and refurbishing all secondary schools across the borough.

The Holy Trinity Academy is a joint venture between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Shrewsbury and the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield and will include a secondary school and sixth form in an area where no such facilities currently exist. The Academy will incorporate the current Blessed Robert Johnson College.

Construction work began on the new academy site last spring and is progressing well. The facility is on target to open in September this year.

When complete, the new facility at Priorslee will comprise of a new school building with associated car parking, landscaping, sports facilities, as well as new high quality sports pitches which will be available for community use.

The latest infrastructure works comprise of: 

· Improvements to Teece Drive, including new carriageway, new footways, retaining wall along Wesley Brook, new drainage and street lighting.

· Improvements at the junction of Priorslee Avenue and Castle Farm Way, including some resurfacing on Castle Farm Way.

· New pedestrian crossing on Priorslee Avenue, near to the Salisbury Drive Junction.

· New footpath link from Priorslee Avenue to the underpass at Teece Drive.

The work is programmed to last for 15 weeks until approximately 18 May. There will be no public access during this period, from the junction with Pitchcroft Drive down to the Boat Club Access.

Councillor Hilda Rhodes, cabinet member for Transport, said: “This is essential work to ensure appropriate accessibility to the new Holy Trinity Academy and I would like to apologise for any disruption caused.”

Councillor Paul Watling, cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families, said: “Locating the Holy Trinity Academy in Priorslee is a key part of our Building Schools for the Future programme – its central location in the borough will make it an attractive site for local families, regardless of their faith.

“I am really looking forward to work getting under way in earnest on the site and I would like to thank local residents for their patience while the works are ongoing.”