Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has been appointed by Cardiff Council to construct Fitzalan High School. The £64.3m project will provide state-of-the-art teaching facilities for 1,500 11-16-year-old schoolchildren, plus a sixth form.
Procured through the South East & Mid Wales Collaborative Construction Framework, the school is being jointly funded by Cardiff Council and Welsh Government as part of its Band B 21st Century Schools and Education investment programme.
Located on Leckwith Road to the south-west of the city, the school will have two interconnecting buildings, with 88 classrooms, nine science laboratories, an immersive room, drama studio, sports hall and dining area. The school will also have an 1,800 seat multi-function hall with an atrium and learning spaces to support vocational training, such as construction.
There will be an array of sporting facilities, including a 25m four lane swimming pool, four multi-use games areas (MUGAs) and grass and 3G/mutli-use sport pitches, which will be available for the local community to use. A staff and visitor car park will also be constructed, offering c.70 spaces, as well as 450 bicycle spaces.
The school will be built to a BREEAM excellent standard and Kier will work with its local supply chain, of which 85% will be targeted from within a 30-mile radius of Cardiff, to deliver this scheme.
Kier has been involved with the development of the new Fitzalan high school since the design phase and has been on site carrying out enabling works since last July. The school is scheduled for completion in time for the 2022/23 academic year.
Jason Taylor, operations director of Kier Regional Building Western & Wales, states: “I am delighted that we have been appointed by Cardiff Council to construct Fitzalan High School that will provide modern, purpose-built and inspiring learning environments for its students..
“This is a significant project for the local community and throughout the construction of this new school, we will look to leave a lasting legacy, by creating job and training opportunities, working with our local supply chain partners and engaging with pupils and showcasing the wide range of job roles currently available within the construction industry.”
Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council, and Cabinet Member for Education, Employment and Skills, Cllr Sarah Merry, said: “As the development of the new Fitzalan High School progresses, members of the local community can begin to look forward to the exciting opportunities which this investment will present.
“Announcing the building contract is the latest landmark in delivering a modern, state-of-the art school which will also provide access to excellent amenities for local people to use, providing a significant boost for the area.”
This is the latest win for Kier within the education sector, with other projects including a new sixth form academy at Harris Academy in Clapham, a primary school in Swansea and a secondary school for Dover Gramar school for boys.