Kier, a leading provider of construction and infrastructure services, has broken ground on a much-needed new secondary school in Botley, Hampshire. Joined by councillors from Hampshire County Council as well as members of Wildern Multi Academy Trust who will be sponsors for the academy, Kier celebrated the start of construction on the £21.2m Deer Park School.
The new secondary school, which is scheduled to be completed for autumn 2021, will provide c.1000 pupils with first-class teaching facilities. The site will comprise a main school building which will be three-storeys high and have a gross internal floor space of 6573m². A focal point to the building will be a central triple height atrium and the building will feature 46 classrooms, a learning resource centre, drama studio and food hall.
In addition, there will be a sports building with a gross internal floor area of 1092m², that will include a four-court sports hall, activity studio and changing facilities.
Kier was awarded the contract by Hampshire County Council on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the national Free Schools programme.
Trevor White, operations director for Kier Regional Building Southern, states: “We are delighted to be breaking ground on this vitally needed new school. Deer Park is set to be ideally situated in the heart of the community and provide over 1,000 pupils with excellent learning facilities.
“We will deliver this latest school utilising our local supply chain, enabling us to provide training opportunities for those interested in a career within the built environment. We will engage with the local community throughout the duration of this project as we are committed to leaving a legacy in areas in which we build.”
This latest win reinforces Kier’s position as a leading provider of educational buildings, having delivered £5bn worth of educational facilities in the last decade. Other schools Kier are delivering, include a new school and community hub in Deeside, a new academy for children with autism in Sunderland and an extension at Hethersett primary school in Norfolk.