Kier has been announced preferred bidder for the new £20M University Church of England Academy complex in Ellesmere Port.
The designs for the 1,350-pupil school in Whitby Road, which will see the existing north and south campuses merging into a single facility, were revealed earlier this month, and include eight sports pitches, a theatre and state-of-the-art science laboratories.
Kier Northern will build the new academy building, which is scheduled for completion by Christmas 2012, on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council, and will consult the academy and community to fully develop the detail of the designs.
The striking modern facility will have drama and performance areas, a creative learning centre, media centre and 550-seat theatre, as well as fully integrated special needs provision, multi-level reflection space, internal gardens and a courtyard. Sports facilities will include two full-size football pitches, six multi-sports courts and outdoor fitness areas. Open landscaped areas, allotments and a pond complete the grounds.
The building has been carefully designed to maximise learning space by integrating social areas such as dining space, and sixth form and staff meeting areas. Designed on three floors, there are also terraces for the junior and senior colleges’ staff and sixth form students.
“This is an important project for us and we recognise the significance of creating the very best learning environment for the young people of Ellesmere Port,” said Kier Northern managing director Nigel Brook.