Shepherd Construction Makes The Grade On Lincolnshire Academies

National contractor Shepherd Construction has been named as selected panel member for the next two academy developments in Lincolnshire through the Partnership for Schools (PfS) framework. Shepherd Construction is set to deliver the £12 million Priory Ruskin Academy at Grantham and the £9 million University Academy Holbeach on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council and the respective sponsors, the Priory Trust and the University of Lincoln.

Building work on the 8,430m² Priory Ruskin Academy is due to start in February 2012 subject to planning permission being granted.  The plans will enable the academy, which is currently split between two sites, to operate from one location accommodating up to 1,250 pupils aged 11 to 19, and to specialise more in visual arts, sport and health. 

Construction will comprise a new two-storey building, specialist teaching block, four teaching house blocks and demolition of the existing school building.
The University Academy Holbeach will be a co-educational academy for up to 1,150 pupils aged 11 to 19, replacing two secondary modern schools, the George Farmer Technology and Language School in Holbeach and the St Guthlac School in Crowland. Both schools achieved single academy status on 1 September, 2010. 

Work on the new academy is due to start in April 2012 on the former George Farmer site. 

Peter Bates, programme director for Shepherd Construction commented: “We’re delighted to have won this contract and look forward to delivering facilities that will match the vision for both academies by providing an ideal learning environment that will promote achievement, personal development and opportunities for progression.”

Councillor Mrs Patricia Bradwell, Executive Councillor for Children’s Services, said: “The academies in Grantham and Holbeach have been waiting to progress with building plans and with the preferred bidder now in place, they can look forward to deciding on designs before they begin to take shape in early 2012. These projects  will bring welcome new investment into the schools and provide top class learning environments for children in Grantham and Holbeach/Crowland.”

Shepherd Construction is one of 11 contractors with a place on the £4 billion PfS Academies Framework in the North and Midlands, providing an opportunity to bid for over £2 billion of potential academy projects.
Posted : 08 November 2011
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