Work should start on site in January 2011 and complete by summer 2012.
The job is around three quarters new build and Willmott Dixon will team up with Aedas architects to transform the current academy lay out and deliver a BREEAM excellent rating.
Part of the plan to reduce the academy’s carbon footprint involves 25% of energy come from renewable sources such as photovoltaic solar power and natural ventilation.
Willmott Dixon will now work with Croydon Council and academy sponsor, The Harris Federation, to agree design details and obtain planning permission prior to financial close.
Willmott Dixon managing director in Cobham Mark Tant said, “We are delighted to be in line for another substantial education project for Croydon Council.”
“What’s interesting with The Harris Academy Purley is that it involves different types of work, from refurbishing elements of the existing school to remodeling and adding new buildings and facilities.
“Our plan has also allowed more new-build features and accommodation to be added than on the original brief.”