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Duke of York Academy

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In 1801, His Royal Highness Frederick Duke of York laid the foundation stone in Chelsea of what was to become The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, and so started over 200 years of high quality education.

The School has undergone many changes and as an Academy is once again on the cusp of further exciting developments.

Academy Development Project

In 2013 Construction had began on the £25 million enhancement to the already impressive school site and facilities. The development will refurbish Grade II listed buildings as well as providing several new buildings.

This major project will include demolishing several non-listed building blocks (Science block, Art Block, ICT rooms and Estates) and building a sports hall, two two-storey teaching blocks and four two-storey junior boarding houses. A two-wing, two-storey extension to Centenary House for senior boarders will also be added.

Further remodeling and repair work will take place across the estate, as will hard and soft landscaping and the provision of car park spaces. The scheme will increase capacity at the school from 468 to 722 pupils and provide enhanced facilities.

It is hoped the new build will be complete by September 2014.

In summary the development will provide the following.

Build brand new Year 7 and Year 8 boarding houses;

Upgrade the existing boarding houses for Years 9 to 11;

Extend Centenary House for Years 12 and 13 to each have their own rooms with en-suite facilities;

Build two new teaching blocks that offer flexible spaces including an Art Loft and Design and Technology facilities.

Refurbish the library and build a new ICT Suite.

Create a new drama ‘black box’ teaching space; and
build a brand new Sports Hall to Sport England 2012’s specification.

Technical situation

The Academy had a ageing Siemens ISDX in place which at one point had been part of the MOD. Since the School acquired Academy status the management of all communications infrastructure had been returned to the responsibility of the Academy directly moving forward.

Solution

A Virtualised UNiFY OpenScape Office LX and MX platforms were used to replace the aging and legacy Siemens ISDX that was presently in place. Easy to manage and deployed within there existing VM Ware environment the OpenScape was a true step forward. Enabling them to embrace IP Telephony and Unified Communications in a simple to administer package

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