First look at images from new Deaf Academy in Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 21 September 2018

Main atrium at Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

Main atrium at Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

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New images have been released showing how a new multi-million-pound deaf academy being built in Exmouth is likely to look.

Aerial view of Owen building. Picture: Deaf AcademyAerial view of Owen building. Picture: Deaf Academy

Work has begun this week on converting the former Rolle College site into the state-of-the-art design of The Deaf Academy, currently based in Exeter.

Contractors have started converting the former Owen Building and it is hoped the main academy building will begin to take shape in early 2019. The doors are expected to open in April 2020.

The new images show the main atrium, classrooms, bedrooms and shared living spaces that 
will all form part of the new academy.

The Deaf Academy’s director of development Steve Morton said: “From the very first conversations The Deaf Academy had with the town council, representatives of the community and business owners, we have been certain that Exmouth is the right place for us to build our world class academy.

Residential lawn birds=eye view. Picture: Deaf AcademyResidential lawn birds=eye view. Picture: Deaf Academy

“The innately welcoming nature of Exmouth people makes success a certainty.”

A newly-released aerial artist’s impression shows the refurbished theatre in the Owen Building.

Steve added: “Our theatre and the desire to share this fantastic resource with the community is a great way to start to bring deaf and hearing communities together and is just the first of many initiatives to enable deaf people to become fully integrated into Exmouth life.”

The move to Exmouth has also been backed by East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire who said: “We should also be proud to host The Deaf Academy in Exmouth and I look forward to the students, their families and the teaching and administration staff playing a part in our community.”

View to west of Deaf Academy site. Picture: Deaf AcademyView to west of Deaf Academy site. Picture: Deaf Academy

This week also sees the launch of Exmouth Deaf Awareness Week and the academy’s campaign, in partnership with the Journal, to raise the remaining £250,000 to make the academy a reality.

Steve Morton added: “The grants our generous funders are providing will ultimately ensure the new deaf academy is built. However, the £250,000 from our community fundraising campaign will provide the vital pieces of equipment which will make this academy truly world class and change the lives of deaf young people.”

View from residential to Eldin building. Picture: Deaf AcademyView from residential to Eldin building. Picture: Deaf Academy

Atrium view from under stairs. Picture: Deaf AcademyAtrium view from under stairs. Picture: Deaf Academy

Classroom. Picture: Deaf AcademyClassroom. Picture: Deaf Academy

Entrance view at Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf AcademyEntrance view at Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

Deaf Academy Entrance. Picture: Deaf AcademyDeaf Academy Entrance. Picture: Deaf Academy

MUGA at the Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf AcademyMUGA at the Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

View east into play area at the new Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf AcademyView east into play area at the new Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

View oif junior bedroom at new Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf AcademyView oif junior bedroom at new Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

Deaf Academy junior bedroom view. Picture: Deaf AcademyDeaf Academy junior bedroom view. Picture: Deaf Academy

Teen bedroom view at new Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf AcademyTeen bedroom view at new Deaf Academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

Residential shared living space at the new deaf academy. Picture: Deaf AcademyResidential shared living space at the new deaf academy. Picture: Deaf Academy

Deaf Academy Teen bedroom view. Picture: Deaf Academy.Deaf Academy Teen bedroom view. Picture: Deaf Academy.

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