Kier has been appointed to deliver two education projects in the London Borough of Croydon. It has been appointed by Croydon Council to deliver Addington Valley, a £13.6m special educational needs (SEN) school in New Addington and the Department for Education (DfE) has appointed it to deliver the refurbishment scheme at Park Hill Junior School in Croydon.
The Addington Valley project will include the design and construction of a 150-place through school for pupils ages 2-19 years-old. The 3,450m2 two-storey school will include state-of-the-art facilities for its pupils. The school will specialise in teaching students with autism and is being developed to address the social communication, cognitive, sensory and social, emotional and behavioural needs of its students.
The Park Hill Junior School project involves the refurbishment of the existing school including replacement of windows and re-roofing to sections. It covers six classroom blocks and requires a multi phased approach whilst operating in a live school environment.
Cliff Thomas, managing director at Kier Regional Building London and South East, said: “Both schools are hugely important and address Croydon’s rapidly expanding population and further supports Croydon Council priority to invest in more local pupil places.
“We are delighted to be appointed to both projects, which build on our expertise in delivering educational facilities. We look forward to working with the DfE, Croydon Council and our local supply chain on these exciting projects.”
Councillor Alisa Flemming, Croydon Council’s cabinet member for children, young people and learning, said: “One of the council’s top priorities is helping our young people thrive and reach their full potential, and these major projects will provide an excellent learning environment for local schoolchildren.
“I’m looking forward to seeing both these projects when they are finished, but this is an especially important moment for Croydon children with autism who will benefit from a state-of-the-art special educational needs school in New Addington. This school will support and inspire them from nursery age all the way through to adulthood, and it is a cornerstone of our council strategy to provide high-quality education for children with special educational needs.”
These appointments further strengthen Kier’s position as a leading provider of educational facilities and it has recently announced c.£170m worth of new school projects across England and Wales. The 13 schemes will provide first-class facilities for 11,304 pupils.