The contractor’s Western team was selected by the Education Funding Agency to construct the town’s Great Western Academy. The three-storey facility will cater for 1,210 secondary and post-16 students and include facilities for IT, science and the creative arts.
Plans will now be put forward to the local planning authority for its review. If accepted, work will start in January 2017, with the school set to open in September 2018.The plans were developed by architects Scott Brownrigg and include a sports hall, outdoor football pitches and a multi-use games area.
It is the second big Swindon schools contract won by Bam in recent years after it bagged the £11m contract to build the Swindon’s University Technical College in 2014. Bam Construction design manager Pat Griffin said: “One reason we have a strong track record in the education field is that we are a collaborative company, and what drives our work is a thorough understanding of our client’s needs and forming successful partnerships with them.
“Part of that involves understanding their community and the people whom their building serves, so the consultation is important to us and we look forward to hearing the views of local people.” Principal of New College Swindon and project lead for the GWA Graham Taylor said: “Bam has a great record in the education sector and I believe it will deliver a fantastic building with the best facilities in the area.”
Story courtesy constructionnews.co.uk