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Wates wins place at £20m City Academy

CONTRACTS - FOLKESTONE

WATES has taken a £20 million deal to build a City Academy in Kent.

The Folkestone Academy, which will replace The Channel School, will specialise in European culture and will have places for 1,500 pupils aged 11 to 18.

It is being sponsored by Roger de Haan, the former chairman of Saga, the older tourist's favourite travel service.

He took over from his father as chairman of Saga in 1984 and retired in 2004.

The proposed specialist subjects for the Folkestone Academy will be media arts, languages and European culture. The contract will include building some community facilities such as a 300-seat theatre, sports hall and sports pitches.

Work will beg in later th is spring.

Wates had been up against William Verry for the Folkestone deal but Verry has conceded the contract and is now moving its attention to the race for the £25 million Bridge Academy at Hackney in east London. It is up against Norwest Holst, Galliford Try and Shepherd for the latter scheme and expects to hear who has won the deal later this month.