A major secondary satellite school in Aylesbury has taken a step forward after Buckinghamshire County Council appointed a contractor to commence construction.
St Michael’s Catholic School’s Aylesbury Campus scheme will be built by one of the UK’s largest contractors, BAM Construct UK.
The satellite school will eventually be home to just over 1,000 pupils and will provide half the additional secondary school capacity to meet projected housing growth in Aylesbury Vale over the next five years.
An original concept design by NPS Group has been developed by BAM following appointment for preconstruction services in September 2017. It features two teaching wings located on a building spine around a central courtyard. The wings are three storeys, with the spine being a combination of two/three storeys. The steel-framed structure features a palette of cladding including brickwork, render, and robust feature metal panels.
Brian Connor, construction director for BAM, said: “All the conventional elements of learning for ICT, technology, arts, science and general teaching will be implemented at St Michael’s, plus there are external works for sports pitches and multi-use games areas, as well as a large sports hall.”
BAM’s appointment to create the £24 million new build secondary faith school renews a strong relationship with - and track record for - Buckinghamshire County Council. This has led to many new buildings including Cressex Community School in High Wycombe, Aylesbury Vale Academy and Chiltern Hills Academy in Chesham.
BAM was appointed after a competitive tender process through the Southern Construction Framework.
Mike Appleyard, Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “We’ve had very strong support for the St Michael’s satellite, and when this state-of-the art building opens next year, it will help us to fulfil our duty to provide enough school places in the Aylesbury area to meet the demands of a growing town.”
The school will initially take in 120 students when it opens in temporary accommodation at Bierton Hill in September 2018 and will grow yearly to full capacity. The new buildings are due to be ready for occupation in Summer 2019.