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New Campus - September 2015

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An exciting brand new facility for the community of Consett opened in September 2015. The new joint Consett Academy and Consett Leisure Centre is a fantastic and innovative building to inspire the whole community into active living and learning.

£44 million has been invested in this major regeneration project and the state of the art features and shared facilities have made a great new community resource.

Consett Academy has provided a new home for up to 1700 students. The new Campus offers students modern and state of the art facilities and access to a range of shared use leisure facilities. This project has not  only benefited  young people in the town but also the wider community and the local economy.

Consett Academy Principal Kevin Reynolds added: "This is an exciting project which has given all local children state-of-the-art learning facilities, but it is so much more than a new building – it is a forward-thinking statement of a new vision for education in our area."

Consett Academy main sponsors Principal, Mr John Widdowson, added that "the opening of the new Academy and Leisure Centre is a tribute to the hard work of the sponsors, staff and students at the Academy and the local authority. It has given the young people of Consett the best educational opportunities available and provides exciting leisure facilities for the community.

The new Consett Leisure Centre has replaced the existing Belle Vue Leisure Centre and Swim Centre. It has two swimming pools with floating floors so the depth of the pools can be changed and there's also an interactive ‘slide and splash’ water feature. There are new studio spaces, a state-of-the-art fitness suite plus three amazing squash courts with collapsible walls so the area can become an additional studio and learning space.   

The facility also offers a full range of indoor sports and outside the centre there is a full rugby and football artificial turf pitch plus a number of floodlit multi-use games areas for netball, football, basketball and the like.  

As well as the amazing new Leisure Centre and Academy, the project has relocated Consett Athletic Football Club to a new ground which includes outstanding new facilities and community changing rooms for grass pitches. Consett Rugby Club has also received a substantial investment package to improve their changing pavilion, social amenities and grass pitches.

Gold Bolt Ceremony - Marks Academy Celebrations 

A ceremonial golden bolt has been fitted into place to celebrate a landmark in the development of Consett Academy’s new building.

The special ceremony was held with work well underway on the development as part of a £43m investment at Durham County Council’s Belle Vue site, which also includes a new leisure centre and swimming pools.

Student Adam Davison put the golden bolt into place after winning a school competition, ably assisted by Principal Kevin Reynolds.

The ceremonial bolt marks the completion of the steel structure for the building - it is the last bolt to be inserted and is sprayed gold so it is visible even when the whole project has been completed.

Durham County Council awarded the building contract for the project to Inspired Spaces Durham, whose contractor Carillion has construction workers currently on site.

When finished, the new development promises to provide unrivalled educational facilities as well as improved opportunities for young people.

Cllr Ossie Johnson, Cabinet member for children and young people’s services at Durham County Council, said: “It is fantastic to be able to celebrate the brilliant new facilities on offer at the academy, which will benefit young people in Consett for years to come.”

The construction of the new academy is also providing a major boost to the local economy with contracts worth more than £5.7m handed out to companies in County Durham, creating jobs and apprenticeship opportunities and benefitting the existing workforce.

The project is also providing economic benefits for the wider region as the building’s frame has been made using 1,000 tonnes of raw steel, which was manufactured in the Tees Valley and fabricated in Sunderland.

John Reed, head of Technical Services at Durham County Council, said: “We are pleased to be working with Carillion to deliver this exciting development of Consett Academy.

“This is a project which will not only benefit young people in the town but also the wider community and the local economy.”

Consett Academy Principal Kevin Reynolds added: “This is an exciting project which will give all local children state-of-the-art learning facilities, but it is so much more than a new building – it is a forward-thinking statement of a new vision for education in our area.”

The leisure centre is expected to open next summer, while students are due to start lessons in their new building from September 2015.


Building work has finally started on our new build.  Students and staff were invited to join Durham County Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services, Councillor Ossie Johnsn, Pat Glass MP and members of the sponsor organisations.  Prior to this ceremony (and throughout the build process) we have commissioned a company to aerial photographs.  You can see them on our Website Image Gallery/New Campus Folder.  Regular updates will be posted.


We are delighted to confirm that work on state-of-the-art educational and leisure facilities in Consett will go ahead following the approval of detailed plans by Durham County Council. Councillors had already given the development outline planning permission in 2010 and members of Durham County Council’s County Planning Committee approved the detailed proposals on 5 March 2013.

The new academy and leisure centre – which together form part of a £43m investment in the town – will be built on the Belle Vue site, with construction expected to start later this year. The academy will bring unrivalled educational facilities on a single campus, offering students the chance to fulfil their potential and bringing learning opportunities to the wider community.


Our new Academy campus build, is a visionary project to build an iconic, flexible, learning environment and a thriving heart to the local community.

Based on the three key concepts of inspiration, creativity and innovation, an environment will be created that allows each student to excel, whether in academic endeavours, work-centred learning, sport or the arts.

We will shape contemporary learning areas, supported by modern learning technologies. Your child will enjoy 21st Century facilities and an IT rich environment. We will use a range of digital technologies, offer bespoke science laboratories/studios, technical areas and a cutting edge design and research area to enhance the curriculum experience for all our students.

The new campus will reflect our Academy’s ambition to be the leading provider of education in the area, with a bold design to encompass a wide and modern curriculum. High quality facilities will promote the best quality learning experience. We will create a campus that reflects the highest possible aspirations for all our learners. The campus will be built using the latest technology and materials, to ensure that your child is in the best possible environment in which to learn and to enjoy Academy life.

The displayed image is a computer generated image of the proposed new Academy & Leisure Centre Building.