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Kier wins £14.9m Gloucester academy

Kier has been named as preferred bidder for a new £14.9m Gloucester Academy.

The original sum set aside for the academy was £21m, however new designs have been created for the academy due to financial constraints.

The Gloucester Academy Trust selected the contractor for a new two-storey, 950 sq m building to cater for up to 1,250 pupils.

The facility wil incorporate a ‘School of Transition’ designed to cater for the specific needs of pupils in Years 7 and 8 after which pupils move into the ‘School of Achievement’ in Years 9 – 11.

Improved outdoor sporting facilities will be complemented by a separate sports complex with sports hall, fitness suite, drama studio, changing rooms and classrooms – facilities that will also be open for wider community use.

Construction work is scheduled to begin in July.

Kier Construction regional managing director, Robin Butler said: “Winning the Gloucester Academy project is fantastic news for the local community of which we are very a much part.

“We have been working with community groups, and in particular schools in Gloucestershire for many years, and this gives us an excellent opportunity to work with (academy headteacher) John Reilly and other stakeholders to provide real local educational and employment benefits.”

The contractor says it has implemented a long-term engagement programme to provide apprenticeships, coach programmes, training sessions, summer placements and work placements for local young people throughout the construction of the Academy and beyond.

Kier has produced the new design working with the academy trust and governors, who were supported by local architectural engineering company, Mace and local architects Roberts Limbrick.

The Academy will continue to operate in current buildings without disruption during the next academic year and move into the new building during summer 2013 – before opening for the start of the school year in September 2013.

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