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Bam to build £9m free school in Bradford

Bam Construct has won a £9 million contract to design and build a new science-specialised free school in Bradford.

The school, run by the Kings Free Schools and Academies Trust and supported by Hartley Group chairman Alan Lewis, will have a capacity for around 800 pupils.

Bam Construct director Steve Wheller said the school design provided a true value for money solution, with the budget focused on educational benefits rather than structural solutions.

“We have worked closely with the [school] principle, Sajid Hussain, to come up a solution which maximises the use of the existing structures resulting in less money and time being spent in the ground and allowing the redirection of funds on the areas which will make a difference to teaching and learning, such as efficient use of space, and effective integration of IT,” he said.

Work is due to start on site in March, with the students relocating from their current location in September 2012 into the first phase of the new building. The whole development will be completed in Spring 2013.

Bam was selected for the job after a rapid procurement process through the Partnerships for Schools academies framework. It follows the contractor’s success elsewhere with Academy wins for Kearsley Academy in Bolton, Aylesbury Vale Academy in Bucks, and Hackney UTC in London, since the framework was unlocked by the government in June


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