Academy for 860 teens could be built on old Dunkirk fire station site
A FIRE station which closed four years ago could be transformed into a science and technology academy for 860 teenagers, the Post can reveal today.
Dunkirk Fire Station was closed down in early 2009 and its crews moved to the new Highfields Fire Station, in Beeston.
But it is hoped that, by September next year, the new Nottingham University Academy of Science and Technology will be opening on the vacant site.
A group, made up of the university and the Djanogly Learning Trust, are consulting on the proposals having bought the site from Notts Fire Authority and the city council for around £2 million.
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Darrell Pulk, chairman of the fire authority, said the move would be a huge boost for the city.
He said: "This would be a terrific thing for Nottingham. Having a new academy like this at an important gateway to the city is crucial."
The fire station site, near the Dunkirk flyover, has been the centre of a costly legal dispute since it closed down.
It was expected developers Gladman Commercial Properties would replace it with accommodation for 600 students.
But the sale to them was never completed and the parties ended up in a High Court battle, leading to an out-of-court settlement which cost the fire authority and council £2.7 million.
The authority is currently conducting an inquiry into the circumstances of the case.
In the meantime, the group behind the plan for the new academy has launched a public consultation on its proposals for the site.
If the plans are approved, pupils aged between 14 and 16 would be able to study for vocational qualifications in engineering, information technology and science, along with core GCSE subjects. Those aged 16 to 19 could go on placements with local firms.
The group has signed deals with major employers like Toshiba to help plan the curriculum.