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BAM picked for £25m Dover school expansion

5 Sep 12 BAM Construction has signed a £25m deal to improve facilities at a co-ed boarding school in Dover, Kent.

Duke of York RMS, Dover
Duke of York RMS, Dover

The contractor will refurbish Grade II listed buildings at the Duke of York’s Royal Military School and provide several new buildings.

The school became an “Academy with Military Traditions” in September 2010, and is now open to the children of both serving and non-serving parents.

BAM will demolish several non-listed blocks and build a new sports hall. It will also build two two-storey teaching blocks and four two-storey junior boarding houses.

The contractor will also erect a two-wing, two-storey extension to Centenary House for senior boarders.

Further remodelling and repair work will take place across the estate, as will hard and soft landscaping and the provision of car park spaces.

The scheme will increase capacity at the school from 468 to 722 pupils and provide enhanced facilities.

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Project director Rod Stiles said: “This scheme will provide cutting edge teaching, living and sporting facilities for students while remaining loyal to its historic roots. Most of the suppliers and construction workforce will be from Kent and our training programmes will continue to develop new local construction apprentices.”

The school’s ‘executive principal’, Chris Russell, said: “This programme will ensure that the Duke of York’s Royal Military School will remain a leading state boarding academy for many years to come.”

In the last decade BAM has delivered more than a third of a billion pounds of building projects in Kent. It is currently working on two academies in Medway, and a third - Strood Academy - opened its doors to 1,500 new students this week.

BAM also recently completed the Bluewater events venue and rebuilt campus facilities at Dartford and Gravesend for North West Kent College.

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