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BAM wins three Medway academies worth £80m

6 Oct 10 BAM Construction has been appointed by Medway Council to design and build the local authority’s three new academy schools.

BAM Construction has been appointed by Medway Council to design and build the local authority’s three new academy schools.

The combined contract value is around £80m.

BAM will build all three of Medway’s academies: Strood Academy (pictured), Bishop of Rochester Academy and Brompton Academy.

The first new building will be for Strood Academy, which opened in September 2009, and specialises in business, enterprise and mathematics. BAM will construct a £29m facility which, subject to full planning permission, will include a new sixth form and a vocational centre for both pupils and the community.

BAM will work closely with the council and Strood Academy over the next few months on the detailed design phase. Construction is expected to start on site during spring 2011.

The scheme will also include new and improved sports facilities for the academy, which will be available for the community to use.

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Designs for Bishop of Rochester Academy in Chatham will be developed from late 2010 with completion of the new building expected in summer 2013.

Brompton Academy in Gillingham will be designed from spring 2011, following on from the other two design stages, and is hoped to be ready in summer 2013.

Medway Council’s portfolio holder for children’s services, councillor Les Wicks, said: “BAM’s scheme was chosen for the way it responded to the educational brief as well as the views raised by students during the design competition and their desire to deliver the building.”

Nearby, BAM is at work at Bluewater Events Centre and North West Kent College, both in Dartford, having recently completed the College’s Gravesend campus.

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