Skanska has won a £23.3m contract to build Trinity Academy, a secondary school which will provide places for 1,220 students in Bristol
The contract to build Trinity Academy will provide school places for 900 students aged 11 to 16, as well as 320 sixth form students.
Skanska’s local team have been transforming the educational landscape in Bristol, in partnership with Bristol City Council and the Bristol Local Education Partnership (LEP).
Since the LEP was formed in 2006, Skanska has delivered over 70 school projects, creating over 15,000 secondary places for students in Bristol and more than 8,000 new primary places across the city.
John Brennan, regional director for the building team, said: “The South West team is delighted that we are able to do this further work to support pupils in Bristol. It’s the perfect example of building what matters.”
Councillor Anna Keen, cabinet lead for education and skills at Bristol City Council said: “Demand for school places in Bristol is expected to vastly increase, so we’re supporting the opening of new schools and expanding existing ones through our Learning City Partnership – and Trinity Academy is a good example of this partnership work in practice.
“Lockleaze is an area of growth and regeneration with new homes and workspace. By working collectively with partners, we have been able to invest in new education facilities in the area to help ease the transition for local children from primary to secondary school.”
Previous LEP schemes
The collaboration initially saw the construction of four new secondary schools under the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) initiative. These were completed between 2007 and 2009 and are now maintained by Skanska. With a total construction value of approximately £119m, the schools’ 25-year operating contract is managed through the UK government’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
The partnership’s next task was to rebuild and refurbish the city’s secondary schools to create modern, fit-for-purpose education facilities. Between 2009 and 2012, it improved nine secondary schools in the city. A total of 13,600 secondary pupils now benefit from an enhanced learning environment.