BAM bags trio of academies worth £80m in Medway

Grant Prior 14 years ago
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BAM Construction is preferred bidder on what is believed to the largest contract let so far under the academies programme.

Medway Council has appointed BAM to design and build three new academy schools worth £80m after the firm fought off competition from Bovis.

BAM will build Strood Academy, Bishop of Rochester Academy and Brompton Academy.

The first new building will be for Strood Academy which will benefit from a £29m development that will include a new sixth form and a vocational centre called the Inspiration Centre.

Work is expected to start on site during spring 2011 and the build will also include new and improved sports facilities.

Designs for Bishop of Rochester Academy in Chatham will be developed from late 2010 with completion of the new build expected in summer 2013.

Brompton Academy in Gillingham will be designed from spring 2011, following on from the other two design stages, and is hoped to be completed in summer 2013.

Rod Stiles, Construction Director at BAM, said: “‘BAM is delighted to be working with Medway to deliver the new academies.

“We have enjoyed engaging with the teachers and students from Strood Academy, the Sponsors and the Council to get this far. We look forward to forging a great partnership that will deliver three outstanding academies for students and the surrounding communities.’”

Medway Council’s Portfolio holder for Children’s Services Cllr Les Wicks said: “‘BAM’’s scheme was chosen for the way it responded to the educational brief whilst as well as the views raised by students during the design competition and their desire to deliver the building.”

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