Willmott Dixon wins £19m school construction contract in Birmingham, UK

WCN Editorial Team 11 Dec 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction firm Willmott Dixon has won a £19m contract to build a new three-storey, secondary academy school in Yardley Wood, Birmingham of the UK.

Christ Church, Church of England, Secondary Academy is being built by the Department for Education (DfE) to create a further 1,150 school places in the region.

Designed by CPMG Architects, the new school will include a pick-up and drop-off area for pupils, a sports hall, two full-size football pitches and one FA standard 3G pitch.

The school will be able to accommodate 900 pupils with a further 250 students in the sixth form. It is scheduled to be opened in 2021.

Being constructed under the Education & Skills Funding Agency High Value Contractors Framework, the new building’s design is claimed to be elegant and sophisticated. Robust and durable materials are expected to be used at the school site.

After working closely with the customer, CPMG is claimed to have designed a concept based on the Academy’s new branding. It is claimed that a calming colour palette of neutral colours, interspersed with feature elements in the Academy’s signature blue and yellow, were introduced into the project.

Willmott Dixon operations director Dan Doyle said: “We are pleased to be working with the DfE to create a new contemporary building which will meet the needs of the local community.

“This new building will enhance the current area, provide state of the art facilities for students and create an outstanding school for Yardley Wood.”

According to the construction firm, traditional materials were used in a contemporary way for creating a clean and simple aesthetic way, while offering robustness and ease of maintenance including a concrete raft ground floor, traditional brick and block wall construction with façade cladding to express the academy’s identity.

CPMG Architects director Sara Harraway said: “The design will create a positive, bright, robust and attractive environment for the education of the next generation of students and will promote a sense of calm and sophistication.

“Large, high windows will be integrated into the design to optimise daylight - just one of the many elements ensuring the wellbeing of the building’s users.

“We’re really pleased to be working with Willmott Dixon on this latest development, and to be showcasing our expertise in educational buildings, and we look forward to working together to bring over 1,100 new school places to the local area.”

Willmott Dixon has further claimed that the contract extends its track record in building several places in Birmingham. Some of its schemes include University of Birmingham’s School of Engineering and its Teaching and Learning Building along with projects for Birmingham City University and also the creation of the National College of High Speed Rail.

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Image: Artist’s rendering of the new school to be built by Willmott Dixon. Photo: Courtesy of Willmott Dixon.

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