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Skanska achieves royal seal of approval for their registered construction project All Saints’ Academy in Cheltenham.

Prince Edward and Sir Steve Redgrave welcomed over 1000 Cheltenham students to their new state-of-the-art facilities as All Saints’ Academy, Cheltenham was officially handed over two weeks ahead of schedule on 13th December 2011.

Prince Edward visited All Saints’ Academy to open the new sports facilities. The Prince unveiled a plaque which marked completion of the final part of the £24.6 million new-build during his visit and ‘tossed the coin’ to celebrate the first football match held on the new artificial pitch.

Academy principal Peter Kingham said:

“We are very pleased he has shown an interest in us and the aspirations of our young people. It was fantastic to have him at the academy, especially as the final piece – the all weather pitch – has recently been completed. It’s wonderful to have had everything finished on time and on budget.”

The prince made his way around the academy, accompanied by Dame Janet Trotter, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant, after meeting dignitaries, including Gloucestershire Chief Constable Tony Melville and Cheltenham Mayor Barbara Driver.

Official opening

The academy was officially handed over on All Saints Day, 1st November, when Bishop Declan and Bishop Michael blessed each wing of the academy and led a religious service for invited dignitaries and students before unveiling a plaque whilst students released balloons to commemorate the event.

On the same day British Olympian Sir Steve Redgrave officially opened the sports facilities. During the event Sir Steve watched some students take part in a rowing race and gave them encouraging words and tips to enhance their skills. He also took part in a table tennis match, gave a motivational presentation and presented prizes to the winners of the rowing race.

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