BAM has been appointed through the Department for Education’s (DfE) high value framework to redevelop Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, in Wigan, Greater Manchester.
The £24m contract will see BAM create a three-storey teaching block, to be handed over in September 2023. It will be net zero carbon in operation.
BAM will be responsible for architecture, M&E, sustainability, and fixtures and fittings, while Hydrock is providing fire and acoustics, Nexus delivering ICT, and Dally Henderson – landscaping.
The second phase involves the demolition of the majority of the existing school and construction of new sports pitches. This part of the project is due to be ready for spring 2024.
The project will increase the school’s capacity from 1,275 students to 1,350.
Ian Fleming, regional director for BAM Construction in the North West, said: “We have a very strong track record in the education sector across the UK and here in the North West, where we have delivered education facilities serving some 7,000 students over the past five years alone.
“Our ability to create net zero schools and use modern techniques such as our suite of digital construction methods and off-site manufacture and assembly allows us to reduce risks to our people and speed up delivery for the school.
“I’m looking forward to seeing us make excellent progress and to working with our friends and partners at the school and drawing out some benefits for the community around us.”
Fred Longworth is one of four Wigan schools earmarked for redevelopment under the DfE’s £1bn School Rebuilding Programme.
Image: An artist’s impression of the redeveloped Fred Longworth High School (credit: BAM)
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