Kier has been appointed to design and build the state-of-the-art £7.2m Yew Tree Primary School in Walsall under the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) East Midlands Priority School Building Programme 2 (PSBP2).

The new two-storey building will replace one of the existing buildings on site, which will be demolished upon completion. The 2,700m² building will be spread over two-storeys and include six Infant classrooms & eight Junior classrooms, a main hall, a drama studio, library resource centre, SEN provision and ancillary teaching facilities.

Mark Pausey, managing director for Kier Central, commented: “We’re thrilled to be constructing Yew Tree Primary School in Walsall. The current building was constructed in the 1950s and this new facility will provide pupils will a much-needed modern and updated learning experience, designed to help pupils achieve their full potential.”

A spokesperson from the Department for Education, commented: “We are pleased to see the PSBP programme being able to make possible a new school development at Yew Tree Primary School to address the needs of the school and to provide fit for purpose educational facilities.”

Rachel Hawkins, headteacher at Yew Tree School, commented: “This is an exciting time for Yew Tree pupils, staff and the community. The planning process with Kier and the ESFA team has been very supportive. The team have ensured the building is able to facilitate our vision for a broad and exciting curriculum for all.”

This latest win for Kier further reinforces its strength in the education sector in the Midlands and follows on from its appointment by the ESFA to deliver the £14.4m Lordswood Boys School in Harbourne.