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Shepherd scoops Lincolnshire academies

Shepherd Construction has won the deal to build two academies in Lincolnshire worth a combined £21 million.

The York-headquartered contractor is preferred bidder for the £9m University Academy Holbeach and the £12m Priory Ruskin Academy.

Building work on the 8,430 sq m Priory Ruskin Academy in Grantham is due to start in February 2012 subject to planning permission being granted. 

Construction will comprise a new two-storey building, a specialist teaching block, four teaching house blocks and demolition of the existing school building.

It will start work on the Holbeach project on April 2012, creating a co-educational academy for up to 1,150 pupils aged 11 to 19.

Peter Bates, programme director for Shepherd Construction, said: “We look forward to delivering facilities that will match the vision for both academies by providing an ideal learning environment that will promote achievement, personal development and opportunities for progression.”

The academies put Shepherd level with Bam Construct, Kier and Wates with two academy wins.

Apollo and Sir Robert McAlpine have won one each, but Balfour Beatty is dominating the framework with seven wins so far.

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