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dha planning secures permission for the new Bishop of Rochester Academy in Chatham

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Bishop of Rochester Academy was formed in 2010 as part of the government’s Academies programme. The Academy currently operates from the sites and existing buildings of two mixed predecessor schools, Medway Community College (MCC) and Chatham South School. At the moment, years 10 and 11 are based on the MCC site (a cohort of about 500 students) with the other years based on the Chatham South site. The project will bring together the whole co-educational Academy in a single new building on the old MCC site at Magpie Hall Road.

As part of the redevelopment, all of the existing school buildings will be replaced by the new building, except for the existing sports hall, which is to be retained. These were built within the last 10 years and will undergo some light internal refurbishment.

dha worked with BAM Construction, Nicholas Hare Architects and The Landscape Partnership as well as other technical consultants to secure full planning consent for the demolition of the existing school buildings at Bishop of Rochester Academy and the erection of a new Academy and associated facilities.

The MCC site is partially located in an Area of Local Landscape Importance and adjacent to Fort Luton - an ancient monument. The design team worked hard to ensure the proposed building and layout of the new academy took full account of these designations and ensured an acceptable impact on each.

Medway Planning Committee granted planning permission subject to referral to the Secretary of State as a departure from the Development Plan on 3rd August 2011. The decision notice granting planning permission was issued on 30th August 2011

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