Willmott Dixon wins £19m academy school contract in Yardley Wood

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Yardley Wood, Willmott Dixon, CPMG Architects,

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to deliver the £19m new three-storey academy school, Christ Church in Yardley Wood, Birmingham

Designed by architecture firm CPMG Architects, the new school will comprise of a pick-up and drop-off area for pupils, a sports hall, two full-size football pitches and one FA standard 3G pitch.

Christ Church, Church of England, secondary academy, which is due to open in 2021 is being built by the Department for Education (DfE) to create a further 1,150 school places in the region.

When complete the school will accommodate 900 pupils and a further 250 students in the sixth form.

Traditional materials have been used in a contemporary way to create a clean and simple aesthetic, whilst providing robustness and ease of maintenance including; a concrete raft ground floor, traditional brick and block wall construction with feature of render and façade cladding to express the academy’s identity.

Dan Doyle, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said: “We are pleased to be working with the DfE to create a new contemporary building which will meet the needs of the local community.

“This new building will enhance the current area, provide state of the art facilities for students and create an outstanding school for Yardley Wood.”

The Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust, commented: “We are delighted that the building is underway and are certain that Willmott Dixon will deliver a school that will open new opportunities for the young people of Yardley Wood.”

Sara Harraway, director at CPMG Architects, added: “The design will create a positive, bright, robust and attractive environment for the education of the next generation of students and will promote a sense of calm and sophistication.

“Large, high windows will be integrated into the design to optimise daylight – just one of the many elements ensuring the wellbeing of the building’s users.

“We’re really pleased to be working with Willmott Dixon on this latest development, and to be showcasing our expertise in educational buildings, and we look forward to working together to bring over 1,100 new school places to the local area.

“During the build Willmott Dixon will be collaborating with local schools as part of its enrichment programme – a five-week programme, where young people gain personal and professional skills including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership – endorsed by HRH Prince Charles. 

“The contractor will also be opening the site to local students and apprentices, giving them the chance to visit a new build project too.”

Other schemes Willmott Dixon has worked on in the region include University of Birmingham’s School of Engineering and its Teaching and Learning Building as well as projects for Birmingham City University and the creation of the National College of High Speed Rail.

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