Keepmoat begins first academy project
Published by Craig Downs for Keepmoat in Education and also in Communities, Local Government
Keepmoat has announced that it has started work on the Portslade Aldridge Community Academy development in Brighton & Hove.
This is Keepmoat’s first academy project secured under the Education Funding Agency’s (formally known as the Partnerships for Schools) Academies Framework.
The £11.2m project involves the design and construction of a 4,000m² new-build teaching block and ‘hub’ space, along with remodelling and making improvements to the existing buildings.
This development also includes new science facilities, a 6th form building and a learning resource centre, as well as a link between the new facilities and the current buildings.
Jeremy Eavis, Keepmoat’s Managing Director for New Build in the south, said: “This contract is the first to be closed by the newly merged Keepmoat Group and represents a continuing commitment going forward to the education market sector.”
The new building will be environmentally friendly with the installation of photovoltaic solar panels which are expected to save on energy costs.
“We are delighted to be working with the Academy, its sponsors the Aldridge Foundation and with Brighton & Hove City Council to deliver fantastic facilities for students and staff and create a strong bond with the local community.” Mr Eavis said.
The project was originally secured by Apollo Education but, following the merger in March, Keepmoat has taken over the construction of the development.
The team is working towards a completion date of early 2014.