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Morgan Sindall to build Alconbury Weald school

24 Sep 15 Morgan Sindall has won an £8.9m contract to build the new Ermine Street Church Academy near Huntingdon.

Ermine Street Church Academy
Ermine Street Church Academy

The project for Cambridgeshire County Council is the first school in Urban & Civic’s new Alconbury Weald development, where 5,000 homes are being built on a former airfield near Huntingdon. The school will occupy a key location.

The academy will be run by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust, and the first phase of the single-storey school is due to open in September 2016. It will eventually accommodate 630 pupils following a second phase of construction.

A double-height vaulted roof assembly hall will form the central core area of the Y-shaped building.  The school will house 17 classrooms initially with an additional six in phase two, along with a state-of-the-art learning resource centre. The assembly hall will also be available for the local community to use during out-of-school hours.

The building will be partially powered by photovoltaic solar panels and is designed by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’.

Morgan Sindall area director Bob Ensch said: “This is an important appointment for us and plays directly to our strengths and experience creating innovative learning environments for young people across the country.

“The facility will act as a dynamic hub for more than 600 students, providing an engaging educational space for pupils to enjoy and supporting the emerging Alconbury Weald development as it continues to expand.”

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