BAM Construct UK has been awarded a £10.9 million contract to upgrade Maltby Academy in Rotherham. The contractor, which has a strong track record in South Yorkshire, will deliver two new buildings as well as refreshing, remodelling and refurbishing other parts of the Yorkshire school’s estate. Maltby Academy, which has space for 1,200 students aged 11-19, is currently a mixture of buildings from the 1930s, 1960s and the start of this century. BAM will build a new business and enterprise centre, which will become the front of the reworked academy and a facility for the community as well as students. The contractor will also deliver a purpose built sports science facility and convert the old gymnasium for use in the performing and creative arts. This innovative use of new and old buildings will allow the academy to offer a dynamic learning experience for all students in the state of the art facilities. Project director Paul Cleminson said: ‘It is very pleasing that BAM will be able to use its extensive skills and experience to create an innovative and exciting environment for students in Rotherham. ‘We have worked hard to understand the ambition for Maltby Academy and are confident we will deliver learning spaces that students and the community can be proud of.’ BAM will start on site in June 2012 and the buildings will be fully operational in September 2013 for the start of the academic year. Full completion will follow shortly afterwards.
Maltby Academy Principal, David Sutton said: ‘This is a terrific opportunity for the Maltby Learning Community with specialised facilities befitting to learning in the 21st Century. The learning spaces will all have access to the latest technology and use ICT as a tool to transform learning and teaching within and beyond the Learning Community.’ BAM has been appointed to build five academies under the revised framework this year alone, making it one of the UK’s most successful education contractors.