Kier to Start Construction £14.9m Gloucester Academy
Tuesday, 28th February 2012Kier has been confirmed as preferred bidder for the £14.9m Gloucester Academy with construction work starting in July of this year aiming to finish in time for the new term September 2013. The modern facility has long been in the pipeline for the academy which opened in 2010. It was borne out of the former Central Technology College and Bishops' College. This new site, which will largely replace its current buildings, will cater for 1,250 pupils. It will feature a two-storey 950sqm atrium, an outdoor terrace and new science and technology departments. A new sports hall, fitness suite and drama studio will also be created. Cheltenham-based Kier Construction is working with Mace Ltd - Project Managers & Technical Advisors and Gloucester architects Roberts Limbrick on the development. Kier Construction Regional Managing Director, Robin Butler said that “winning the project was fantastic news. It will provide apprenticeships and summer placements throughout the construction”. The Labour Government set aside £21million for the academy but this was reduced to £14.9million due to Government cuts. City Conservative MP Richard Graham said the school will get what it needs despite the lower budget. "It's good news," he said.