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Kier wins Oxford school job

17 Aug 12 Kier Construction in partnership with architects Nightingale Associates have won a contract to build the Reuben Business Centre at Oxford Spires Academy.

The three-storey secondary school building will provide classrooms, laboratories, study and social areas and a 330-seat lecture theatre. The project also includes a refurbishment of the existing school.

Procured through the Academies Framework, the project is part of a larger ‘batch’ commission that includes Enfield Heights Academy, London.

Kier and Nightingale previously worked together on Castle School in Newbury, which opened last year, and have three other projects in progress under the West Berkshire Council ‘JKD Programme’, including the Downs School in Compton, Kennet School in Thatcham and the John O’Gaunt Community Technology College in Hungerford.

Nightingale associate Tom Groves, who led the bid , said: “Winning the Oxford Spires Academy in a competitive ITT process required significant commitment and skill from the whole team. The client wanted the new building to showcase their business and ICT specialism and create a high quality frontage to their site. Our design is a simple and elegant solution using appropriate external finishes and providing an atrium space animated by ICT breakout facilities and graphics.

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"This is the first academy that will be delivered by Nightingale Associates but as part of a batch it offers us the chance to build long-term relationships with both Kier Construction and the client.”

Kier Construction design manager Andy Vernon, added: “It is great to win further work with our partners at Nightingale, giving us all the opportunity to develop our combined working relationships and expertise on schools projects.”

Following some internal refurbishment works during the summer break, and subject to planning approval, the main new build works are due to start in October 2012 and finish by September 2013.

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