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Wates Construction to begin work on £4.89m priority school

Wates Construction says it has agreed terms with the Education Funding Agency for the first phase of its £36 million schools deal

Wates Construction will begin work on the first of six schools that is will build as part of a £36 million deal with the Education Funding Agency.

Wates revealed that it had exchanged contracts with EFA for a new £4.89 million building at Whitmore Park, in Coventry, which is being delivered under the government’s Priority Schools Building Programme.

The 3,336 square metre building, designed by CPMG Architects, is scheduled to begin in June this year.

Wates will rebuild four new primary schools, one secondary and a special needs school as part of the £36 million contract it was awarded by the Department of Education in January.

“The past few months have been spent in close consultation with the EFA to develop the designs for the new facilities and establish the most cost efficient means to delivering these urgently needed school buildings,” said Phil Harrison, managing director for Wates Construction, Midlands and North.

In all, the new facilities will deliver over 3,300 new school places.

Wates is also due to deliver Coventry City Council’s ‘Increasing Pupil Places’ programme, a £13m contract which expand and refurbish five of the city’s primary schools.

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