First look at images from new Deaf Academy in Exmouth
PUBLISHED: 17:00 20 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:23 21 September 2018
New images have been released showing how a new multi-million-pound deaf academy being built in Exmouth is likely to look.
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.
“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.”
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.”