The Final Chapter

Although the original development plan for Unity College intended to use most of the old Trinity buildings and refurbish them, on 27th April 2005 the Diocesan Education Board announced that it would be more cost effective and would give the new school better facilities if all of the old Trinity Buildings were demolished and replaced.  Demolition began at the start of August 2005 and soon there was nothing left of the old school.  Only two walls of the old gym remained for some time afterwards, as due to a communications mix up, the old gas supply had not been removed.  However, once the gas had been disconnected, even these last remaining walls came down.

After an era of success and achievement the old school was no more.  The landmark Tower block, built in 1957, which some viewed with nostalgia and some saw as an ugly blot on the landscape has now gone, all that remains is the rubble which has been used under the new buildings as hardcore.

You can read all about this Final Chapter and see photos of the demolition below.

Announcement

27th April 2005

Unity Announces Further Exciting Development Plans

In a move designed to bring the whole campus up to the same high specifications as the recent newly-built facilities, Unity College has announced that they will be replacing rather than refurbishing their Trinity Building.

New facilities will include:-

  • A stand-alone Chapel
  • An innovative Eden Project-style structure
  • A 2000 seat Meeting Chamber
  • A new Modern Foreign Languages Centre, Art, Design & Technology studios and a new Music School.

- all of which will have a beneficial impact on the local area as it will be open for community use.

The Avenue building of Unity College, currently used as a classroom centre will remain, but in recognition of the significant rise in Sixth Form numbers for September 2005, Unity College has put plans in place for a dedicated Sixth Form Centre in this building.

This new development reinforces Unity College’s determination and commitment to offer the very best facilities for Teaching and Learning. The educational priorities of the college will remain unaffected as this exciting development takes place. Indeed, curriculum delivery will increase during this period.

It is expected (but not confirmed) that the old buildings will be demolished during the summer holiday period.

It is understood that it would cost in excess of £50,000 to bring the buildings up to the standards required by the various regulations and would have caused a significant loss of floor space.  The architects came up with an imaginative scheme that included the features listed above, and it was decided that this was a much better option.

The Final Days for the Old School

The buildings were looking in a sorry state even before the demolition started.  In the first photo gallery below are some photos taken In July 2005 before the demolition started.

 

 

The Demolition

The demolition work started at the very beginning of August 2005, and was carried out by a specialist company.  The work on the Tower itself did not start until the 10th August.  The first building to go was the Humanities Building, quickly followed by the Technology Block.  Both of these disappeared in little more than a day each.

On the 10th August the "Nibbler" arrived from London.  This massive machine started at the top of the tower and worked its way down, eating the walls from the top down.  It started around 9am and by mid-morning it was eating into the old Room 15, the Commercial Room.  In only five days most of the Tower was gone.  All of the Trinity buildings had gone in a matter of days.  By the end of the month only three walls remained from the old gym, as the gas supply had not been disconnected.  Soon they too were gone.  All that remained was a pile of rubble, which was then broken up and used on the site as part of the foundations of the new buildings.

The final demise of the old buildings are recorded below, but in addition, the Chronicle and Echo ran a story on the demolition by Lei Chan, the Education Reporter, which is in our Scrapbook Section.  [read]

 


The Tower Revisited  - The website for former Pupils of the Technical High School, Trinity High School & Trinity Grammar School, Northampton