Interserve has been awarded a £30m contract for the design and construction of the new Leeds West Academy for Leeds City Council.
The project is part of the third phase of the Leeds Building Schools for the Future programme.
The Academy, sponsored by E-ACT (Edutrust Academies Charitable Trust), will provide 1,200 places for pupils aged 11-16 and 300 for those over 16.
It will be built on the site of the Intake High School Arts College in Bramley, to the west of the city. Intake High School (renamed as Leeds West Academy in September 2009) is currently operating in the existing facilities while the new Academy, comprising a mix of two- and three-storey buildings, is constructed within the school grounds.
The new facilities are scheduled to open in September 2011 after which the old buildings will be demolished and the area will be re-landscaped to create a high quality, drained sports pitch.
The new school is designed around three hubs: Innovation, which will house science, technology, maths and ICT; Diversity, which will house all humanities, modern foreign languages and PE; and Communications, which will be home to English, performing arts and creative digital media arts. The Communications hub will also accommodate the main entrances, a striking feature library, a theatre space and a glazed dance studio.