Demolition of former Royal Mail Depot in Northampton to begin later in the month

Former Royal Mail sorting office, 55 Barrack Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120131007142350
Former Royal Mail sorting office, 55 Barrack Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120131007142350

Demolition work is set to begin at a former Royal Mail sorting office in Northampton later this month in order to make way for a £25 million new school.

Parts of the former Barrack Road depot will begin to be pulled down from Monday, June 22, in the first phase of the Northampton International Academy development on the site.

Artists' impressions of the new Barrack Road school

Artists' impressions of the new Barrack Road school

The major new school will cater for 2,200 pupils aged between two and 19 and will be sponsored sponsor by the EMLC Academy Trust, which also runs the neighbouring Castle Primary School.

Demolition work is expected to last 12 weeks, Northamptonshire County Council says, and will see the ‘shell’ of the building retained and incorporated into the design of the new school.

Northampton International Academy is due to open in September 2017.

County council cabinet member for learning, skills and education, Councillor Matthew Golby, said: “This is an exciting milestone in the project to transform this derelict building from an eyesore in the local community to a modern, 21st century school.

“It is an important regeneration scheme for a deprived area of Northampton and the country’s largest ever school conversion project.

“Even more importantly, it will create much-needed additional school places at a time when demand for places is growing significantly.

“We will be working closely with the local community and other interested parties over the coming months as the next stages of work are planned and the full designs take shape.”

The £25 million building project is being largely funded by the government’s Education Funding Agency.

Chief executive at the EMLC Academy Trust Jan Marshall, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Northamptonshire County Council on this innovative project which will contribute to the regeneration of the whole area.”

There will be highways works to Barrack Road as part of the building scheme including ‘enhanced pedestrian crossings’ and safety railings, while a school pick-up and drop-off point will be created to the rear of the building via a new junction.

The plans for the school also include a playground to the rear of the building, rooftop sports pitches and use of the playing fields at Castle Primary School.