New sports centre and sixth form centre at Ilfracombe Academy has been completed on time

Ilfracombe Academy students will be able to try out their brand new sports hall when they return after the Easter holidays.

The keys to the new sports centre and sixth form centre have been handed back as the school's £19million rebuild continues on time.

The new school building is also up, with contractor BAM Construction now working on fitting it out inside, ready for completion in the spring of 2018.

The only major construction work left is the new school hall, whose framework is now in place and when finished it will have a capacity for 800 people.

The new Ilfracombe Academy sports hall is ready for use. Picture: Tony GussinThe new Ilfracombe Academy sports hall is ready for use. Picture: Tony Gussin

The sports facility has a main hall, activities studio with climbing wall, a multi gym area plus new changing rooms, toilets and showers as well as PE staff offices.

The sixth form centre, which includes a common room, study areas and staff offices, needs to be fitted out with computers and IT equipment, but will not be brought into use until the new intake in September.

Once staff and students have moved into the new school in 2018, the old building will be demolished.

The current art block will be revamped, while the dining hall building will be turned into a design technology centre.

Work is proceeding apace on the new school build at Ilfracombe Academy. Picture: Ilfracombe AcademyWork is proceeding apace on the new school build at Ilfracombe Academy. Picture: Ilfracombe Academy

The final stage will be landscaping and creation of multi use games areas (MUGAs), expected to be finished some six months after moving into the new school.

An official opening of the sports centre will take place in May.