HRH The Duchess of Cambridge formally opens new academy
and leisure centre
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge officially opened
the new Kensington Aldridge Academy and Kensington Leisure Centre
on Monday 19 January.
Her Royal Highness toured the academy, met Principal David Benson, students and staff, and sat
in on a geography and an RE lesson. The Duchess then enjoyed a
short presentation from students in the theatre before unveiling a
plaque to commemorate her visit. Before leaving the Duchess visited
the academy’s Creates Hub for young entrepreneurs, and met students
who are designing items for sale at Portobello Road Market.
Her Royal Highness then took a short walk to the leisure centre,
due to open to the public in March, to tour the state-of-the-art
facilities and watch sporting displays from local primary school
children and other community groups. The Duchess then attended a
reception to meet those involved in the projects and unveiled a
plaque to mark her visit to the leisure centre.
Work on the £28m academy began in December 2012 and has created
a striking new academy serving the local community with all of the
students living less than a mile away. The site was gifted by the
Council which is the academy’s co-sponsor and contributed £10.4m
towards the construction costs.
Nearby stands Kensington Leisure Centre which is a result of a
£29.4m cash injection from the Council. These two projects
represent a £57.4m investment in the area and are part of the
Council’s ongoing commitment to regenerating the north of the
Watch the construction works live
A real-time camera has now been set up
overlooking the site and you can watch the construction
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