Dilipidated building gets £4m makeover
Published by Jason Kayley for Together Housing Group in Education and also in Housing
An artist's impression of the new DAES HQ
A former lodging house is set to become the new home of the £4.1million Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio school.
The Together Housing Group, which manages 38,000 properties across Pennine Lancashire and Yorkshire, has sold the former Model Lodging House on Police Street to DAES.
The plans include innovative teaching spaces which have more in common with boardrooms than classrooms, cutting edge science labs, a television studio and Apple and Microsoft design and computing suites.
The development will provide a further boost for this part of the town following in the heels of the 95-home Orchard Grove development, the leisure centre and new health centre.
Ian Clark, Together Housing Group Managing Director and a governor at DAES, said: “This is a fantastic project and the big winners are the local community.
“This will bring a dilapidated building back into use, give more students the chance to get a different kind of education, boost the local economy and provide more work opportunities.
“We’ve worked closely with DAES in the past and this will cement this relationship going forward.”
DAES Principal Ruth Bradbury added: “The aim of our school’s curriculum is to develop young people who can thrive as individuals and make a difference to their communities.
“The curriculum will also develop the employability and life skills, which will improve their future opportunities.
“We are delighted to have the go-ahead for the new building. It is a historic site and for it to be the home for our new local hub for creative learning is very fitting and really exciting.”