Kier begins work on £21.2m Deer Park School in Botley

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Kier has started construction on the £21.2m Deer Park School in Botley, to provide 1,000 pupils with first-class teaching facilities

Kier was awarded the Deer Park School contract by Hampshire County Council on behalf of the Department for Education (DfE) as part of the national Free Schools programme.

The new secondary school will provide 1,000 pupils with first-class teaching facilities. The site will comprise the main school building which will be three-storeys high and have a gross internal floor space of 6573m².

Joined by councillors from Hampshire County Council as well as members of Wildern Multi Academy Trust who will be sponsors for the academy, Kier celebrated the start of construction on the £21.2m Deer Park School.

A focal point to the building will be a central triple-height atrium and the building will feature 46 classrooms, a learning resource centre, drama studio and food hall.

In addition, there will be a sports building with a gross internal floor area of 1092m², that will include a four-court sports hall, activity studio and changing facilities.

Trevor White, operations director for Kier Regional Building Southern, states: “We are delighted to be breaking ground on this vitally needed new school. Deer Park is set to be ideally situated in the heart of the community and provide over 1,000 pupils with excellent learning facilities.

“We will deliver this latest school utilising our local supply chain, enabling us to provide training opportunities for those interested in a career within the built environment. We will engage with the local community throughout the duration of this project as we are committed to leaving a legacy in areas in which we build.”

The Deer Park School is scheduled to be completed for autumn 2021

Other school projects

Other schools Kier are delivering include a new school and community hub in Deeside, a new academy for children with autism in Sunderland and an extension at Hethersett primary school in Norfolk.

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