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Second Swindon school for BAM

11 Jul 16 BAM Construction has been selected to build the £21m Great Western Academy (GWA) in Swindon.

Scott Brownrigg has designed the Great Western Academy in Swindon
Scott Brownrigg has designed the Great Western Academy in Swindon

The three-storey secondary school will have capacity for 1,210 pupils, with its post -16 (sixth form) curriculum specialising on business, enterprise and technology.

Subject to planning permission, construction is scheduled to start in January 2017 and conclude by July 2018, ready for school opening in September 2018. Architect is Scott Brownrigg and the location is Tadpole Farm in northwest Swindon.

BAM recently built the Swindon UTC (university technical college) in the town.

BAM design manager Pat Griffin said: “One reason we have a strong track record in the education field is that we are a collaborative company, and what drives our work is a thorough understanding of our client's needs and forming successful partnership with them.”

Graham Taylor, principal of New College Swindon and project lead for the GWA bid, said: “This is an exciting community project which will provide a much-needed, new school for Swindon; the third fastest growing town in the country. We aim to prepare learners for further study and the world of work, business & enterprise with a big focus on using IT and digital technologies to do this. BAM was appointed after a rigorous selection process and we are delighted to have them on board. They have a great record in the education sector and I believe that they will deliver a fantastic building with the best facilities in the area.”

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