This follows East Devon District Council granting planning permission for the new Academy to be built on the former seven-acre Rolle College site, formerly owned by the University of Plymouth. This puts the building project firmly on track for construction work to commence in April 2018 ahead of our planned move in September 2019.
We presented our designs along with architects Stride Treglown, on the invitation of the Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE at “The Future of Deaf Education” event, hosted by The Lord Speaker at the House of Lords.
The speakers included Dame Esther Rantzen DBE who spoke passionately about her personal experience of deafness and the importance of specialist Deaf education in the UK. Executive Principal Arnet Donkin also presented, and he shared his aspiration for a new vibrant campus at the heart of Exmouth’s community that will transform education and care for Deaf students and their families.
The Deaf Academy’s guests at the House of Lords included representatives from some of the largest charitable trusts, key figures from the media including the BBC’s health correspondent Hugh Pym and individual supporters such as the owner of the Daily Express and OK Magazine Richard Desmond, whose father became suddenly deaf when he was a child.
Our Director of Development Steve Morton said:
Since May, we have undertaken months of extensive consultation with our students and staff to inform the key design principles for the new build. The project will include a new education building, student accommodation and the refurbishment of the existing Owen Theatre, to create a fully inclusive place for Deaf young people.
Our Academy in Exmouth will specialise in enabling Deaf British Sign Language users with additional needs to lead independent lives. Bringing deaf and hearing communities together is at the heart of that vision. The long-term aspiration for the new Deaf Academy is to enable Exmouth to become a role model to the rest of the UK as Britain’s first Deaf-friendly town.
The designs for the new Academy incorporate aspects of Deaf Space architecture throughout the building, including the careful management of natural light, flexible layouts, intelligent acoustic treatments, wide corridors and clear sight lines to support visual communication. All this underpins the Deaf Academy’s specialist work to build confidence and independence in all its students.
Highlights of the design include:
We were very proud of our students who did a wonderful job of welcoming and speaking with all our guests at the event about what the Deaf Academy means to them, through interpreter Tim Griffin. You can see the latest pictures of our designs for the new Academy here: http://www.exeterdeafacademy.ac.uk/sup…/new-build-in-exmouth