Willmott Dixon Wins £14m Weston-s-Mare Academy
Willmott Dixon is to build the £14m Hans Price Academy under its Scape framework with North Somerset Council. The academy in Weston-super-Mare has been awarded a £14m government building grant to fund major works. Work on the new two-storey academy in Somerset will get underway early next year, subject to planning approval with completion planned for September 2014. The scheme will see the existing school building, built in the 1950s, demolished in phases and replaced.
The Hans Price Academy is named after a Victorian architect who was central to the development of Weston as a resort. Hans Price Academy Principal, Armando Di Finizio said “We are delighted with the appointment of Willmott Dixon as construction partners for our new academy building. They have developed an excellent design to meet out requirements for 21st century learning.
“The proposed design provides a rich variety of educational settings that will meet the needs of generations of students in Weston-super-Mare for many years to come. There will be detailed consultation with our community and all partners in the next six weeks and details will be published soon.”
The secondary school in Marchfields Way was opened as an academy by educational charity, the Cabot Learning Federation in May 2011. The federation's website states it sponsors 10 academies in Bristol, Weston super Mare and Bath, and is responsible for 5,000 students and more than 600 staff.
A public consultation meeting about the plans will be held at the academy from 18:30 to 20:30pm on 6 September 2012.