Futures College is one of sixteen ‘pathfinder’ Trust Schools being developed around the country. The new school board is a partnership between a Charitable Training Organisation and Thorpe Bay School in Southend.
A £14m project, the new college was proposed on the site of the existing Thorpe Bay School, south of Southchurch Boulevard. The new 80,500 ft2 building houses the vocational training college as well as teaching space for the Key Stage 4 curriculum.
The new school is a flagship project with a national profile that offers a new type of service, combining a range of GCSE choices along with a wider range of practical, vocational learning opportunities. It houses, for the first time, two specialist vocational academies, serving a range of learners drawn from both employed workers, unemployed adults, school leavers and young adults as well as a non-selective secondary school catering from learners aged 11. In addition, the college provides facilities for conferences and seminars attended by business and industry leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds. The project was completed in Summer 2010 and opened for the Autumn term 2010.
For the Futures College project, CampbellReith carried out civil and structural design, as well as delivered ecological, archaeological and environmental engineering services.