The project is a £28.5m all-through School located in the heart of the city on the former Police Station, Coroners and Magistrates Courts site.
The site includes the change of use and careful refurbishment of a 1920’s Grade II Listed former Coroners Court which had stood empty since 2012.
The project also includes the complete internal remodel of the former Magistrates Court, a four storey 1960’s building which has also stood empty for the same amount of time.
Alongside the two retained buildings on the site, the project also included the demolition of a number of other buildings including the former 1950’s Police Station, which had been identified as a building of ‘local significance’.
The new build element that replaces the demolished building had its design influenced by both the mitigating factors of removing the Police Station and also the impact on the listed setting of the retained and refurbished Listed Court building.
Planning Granted for Livingstone Academy
The Aspirations Academy Trust
The school will be part of the Aspirations Academies Trust who already run three very successful schools in Bournemouth and Poole; Jewell Academy, Bournemouth and Ocean Academy and Magna Academy in Poole.
Once fully operational, the school will cater for pupils aged between 4 and 19 years, with a planned start-up of 150 pupils.
Since 2009 Bournemouth has been experiencing a rapid rise in its population of children requiring school places.
From 2009 to 2016 an additional 3183 mainstream school places have been created in the borough.
The number of Secondary age children in Bournemouth has started to increase as these children reach Secondary school age.
Bournemouth’s school pupil forecasts indicate that up to an additional 9 forms of entry (270 places) in Year 7 will need to be introduced over the period 2019 to 2025.
The site will be extensively landscaped with appropriate facilities for the School; including social spaces, play areas, parking and maintenance access.
Now that planning has been granted for Livingstone Academy, the project is due for completion in 2021, keep an eye on our News page for updates.