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Kier lands £45m deal in Cambridgeshire new town

Kier has been appointed by Cambridgeshire County Council to carry out the first phase of the design and construction of a new £45m education site.

The teaching facilities, ranging from nursery to sixth-form centres, are to be built in a new town called Northstowe.

Kier said the win “reinforces its strength within the educational sector”, following a recent appointment to deliver a £42m school in Northumberland. It has already built Northstowe’s first primary school.

In Cambridgeshire, the 133,203 sq ft Northstowe Education Campus will comprise a nursery, primary school, secondary school, special educational needs school and sixth-form college.

Kier started enabling works on site in September, with the first cohort of students starting in September 2019.

Kier Eastern managing director Mark Dady said: “Having previously constructed Pathfinder, Northstowe’s first primary school, we are delighted to now be delivering the next phase of education provision for the emerging Northstowe community.

“This addition to the school development further builds on our position as a leading UK provider of educational buildings and we are looking forward to starting the first phase of works on this project.”

The company’s share price plummeted this month after announcing it would issue £264m of new shares in response to banks pulling out of the sector.

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