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Log on to check in on new school buildings

Date: 24/01/2012           Category: School capital projects

Medway residents, including future students and staff, can now keep up to date on progress at the area’s three flagship academy buildings by logging on to Facebook.

Facebook pages documenting the progress on site at Strood Academy and Bishop of Rochester Academy have been set up by construction company BAM, who are tasked with building all three new academies, with a page for Brompton Academy on the way.

The pages feature galleries with artist impressions of the new multi million pound school buildings, photos and videos documenting progress on site as well as regular updates from the construction company.

Work is underway at all the builds, with Strood Academy, Carnation Road, Strood, set to be completed in time for the new academic year this September while work at Bishop of Rochester Academy, Magpie Hall Road Chatham, and Brompton Academy, Marlborough Road, Gillingham, is due for completion in September 2013.

New IT suites, fitness trails, outside performance areas, specialist design and technology teaching wings and sports courts are just some of the facilities on offer at the academies.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, Cllr Les Wicks, said: “The vision for Medway’s three academies is fast becoming a reality, and as the buildings start to take shape, these Facebook pages mean students, staff and residents can keep up to date with exactly what’s happening on site and what the completed buildings will look like.

“The plans for the new academies are really exciting and will not only bring 21st century teaching facilities for students and staff, but will create modern, flexible spaces that will be a real benefit to the whole community."

Rod Stiles, Construction Director for BAM, said: "Facebook is a great way to show people the progress on the new academies, not only because it is well used now, but because the staff, the students and the community can all get access to read about it and see the images we post.

"It’s a super way for BAM to give people a glimpse into our working lives and what will be their new facilities. There is so much happening behind the hoardings!"

The Facebook pages can be found at:

www.facebook.com/#!/pages/BAM-Strood-Academy/303661969650558

www.facebook.com/#!/pages/BAM-Bishop-of-Rochester-Academy/287433474641301