Councillors last month approved Wolverhampton City Council’s Final Business Case for Phase One of the £270m BSF programme, which will see a £60m investment to build an academy and refurbish three schools in the city.
Carillion’s Inspiredspaces team will first start construction of a £26m building for the South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy, followed shortly after with the £17.5m refurbishment of Coppice Performing Arts School.
In addition, Wednesfield High School and the Braybrook Centre will undergo £14.6m and £1.5m refurbishments respectively, to be completed by February 2013.
Planning approval has been granted for all four developments with work on South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy due to begin before the end of March.
The new South Wolverhampton and Bilston Academy will have four ‘skill zones’ dedicated to different subjects while Wednesfield High School will see a new science, technology, engineering and maths block.
Coppice Performing Arts School will get a theatre and performance space and the Braybrook Centre will have a new sports hall.
This phase is one of five stages of the overall BSF programme, which will see the complete rebuild or refurbishment of 25 schools, including two new academies.
Carillion estimates it will create or safeguard more than 1,200 jobs and employ between 100-150 apprenticeships.