Willmott Dixon has secured a £23.8 million contract for enhancement works to increase student capacity at three schools in Sandwell in the West Midlands.
Construction works will accommodate an additional 990 students across the three schools when completed in September next year.
Under the Constructing West Midlands Framework, Willmott Dixon will extend existing teaching accommodation at the schools – providing a theatre, new multi-use hall and completion of all external spaces at Q3 Academy Langley, the completion of a new specialist teaching block, a sports hall and a new sports pitch at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy, and a new stand-alone building to house teaching, kitchen and dining facilities at Bristnall Hall Academy.
The facilities, which have been designed in cooperation with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and ADP Architecture, are being built as part of Sandwell Council’s schools capital programme for 2019-2021.
Michelle Cotterill, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said the projects would provide much-needed school places for the Sandwell community throughout its period of rapid expansion.
She added. “Our goal will be to leave a lasting legacy within the communities we work and are aiming to deliver over £1.2 million worth of social value across all three schools by introducing initiatives that include the improvement of staff wellbeing, supporting local people into employment and providing NEETs [not in education, employment, or training] students with employability skills and training opportunities
“We will be working closely with Sandwell’s Education, Skills and Employment team to look at local employment and apprenticeships, and our on-site teams will also be providing career guidance, workshops, site tours and mock interviews. We’ll also be hosting work experience placements and supporting the community through initiatives and volunteering opportunities.”
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