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Willmott Dixon awarded £18m Croydon Academy contract

22 Jun 10 Willmott Dixon has been awarded the construction contract for an £18.5 Academy in Croydon.

Willmott Dixon has been awarded the construction contract for an £18.5 Academy in Croydon.

Client for the project to remodel and extend the new Harris Academy Purley on Kendra Hall Road is Croydon Council.

The academy opened in September 2009 and Willmott Dixon will team up with Aedas architects to transform the facility.

The project will also add sustainable features to reduce the academy’s carbon footprint, with over 25% of its energy to come from renewable sources such as photovoltaic solar power and natural ventilation, helping it achieve a BREEAM rating of excellent.

With three quarters of the academy’s transformation comprising new build, a centre piece of the project will be an entrance façade on a new four storey building to house the Business and Enterprise faculty, the academy’s specialism.

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Facilities for another specialism, sport, will also be enhanced with more hard courts and a full size all weather pitch.

Willmott Dixon will now work with Croydon Council and academy sponsor, The Harris Federation, to agree design details and obtain planning permission prior to financial close.

Work to transform Harris Academy Purley should start on site in January 2011 and complete by summer 2012.

The project will be carried out by Willmott Dixon’s office in Cobham, which is also responsible for the redevelop of nearby Coulsdon College and the redevelopment of The Oasis Academy, also in Coulsdon.

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