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Wates to build £12m Bradford academy

17 Apr 14 Wates Construction starts this month on a £12m contract to build a new secondary school on Fenby Avenue in Bradford.

Grace Academy
Grace Academy

Working for Integrated Bradford LEP Ltd, Wates will build a 7,700m2 seven-form entry school with capacity for 1,050 students aged 11 to 16 years. The school will be called Grace Academy and will be sponsored by the Bradford Diocesan Academy Trust (BDAT). 

Designed by CPMG Architects, the new building will use Wates’ Adapt Schools Solutions model.

Completion is scheduled for summer 2015.

Alongside the main school, Wates will also build an indoor sports facility with a four-court hall that will also be available for community use.  

Last September Wates completed the new £29m Dixons Allerton Academy building in Bradford.

David Price, business unit director for Wates Construction in Yorkshire, said: “Our appointment as main contractor for this new facility will see the Wates team continue our role in creating state-of-the-art school buildings for the young people of Bradford. Wates’ Adapt model has been developed over the past two years and will enable us to deliver on the individual needs of the new school in Fenby, whilst bringing true value for money throughout the project.”

CPMG associate director David Shaw added: "The Adapt solution has enabled the design team to meet an extremely tight programme with a well-considered and cost-effective school solution that has been tailored to meet the new academy's requirements for education delivery."

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