A new school offering people a route into the world of construction has opened in New Addington.

The Building Futures Academy is part of the new multi-million pound leisure and community centre opening in the area and is aimed at people looking to gain qualifications in construction.

Councillor Tony Newman was delighted to have opened the building on Tuesday.

"The new leisure and community centre will be a top-of-the-range facility that will enhance local lives," he said.

"I’m pleased from next month, residents will be able to benefit from its construction through the Academy’s courses.”

Located next to the Octagon Building on Central Parade, the first batch of students will start their training in April.

Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed hoped this new school would make it easier for people in the area to find work.

“The Building Futures Academy will provide a fantastic opportunity for local people not only to gain the necessary qualifications for a career in construction, but also to be supported into construction jobs once qualified," she said.

"I hope local residents take advantage of this fantastic new academy on their doorstep.”