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Kier to build Dorset school

21 May 12 Kier Construction has been selected for a £9.8m renewal and refurbishment project at St Aldhelm’s Academy in Poole, Dorset.

St Aldhelm’s Academy
St Aldhelm’s Academy

The project aims to update the 80 year old school building with a combination of new build and refurbishment.

The design by architects Jestico + Whiles provides a new two-storey school building creating 4,600sqm of educational space. Two of the existing buildings will be renewed to form a hub for vocational skills including construction, car maintenance, forestry and hair & beauty.

Community facilities will include a cafe, enterprise shop, hair and beauty services, and outdoor areas. Cycle and car parking, safety, security and accessibility will be improved under the proposals.

Kier Construction director Martin Orr said: “Kier is delighted to have been selected to take the St Aldhelm’s Academy Trust’s renewal plans forward. Kier has an extensive portfolio of experience in creating state-of-the-art educational facilities and looks forward to making these designs a reality for the young people of Poole.”

The team is working towards a planning application and seeking the views of the local community on the design proposals. It wants to begin on site in July 2012 and complete in February 2014.

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