Dixon’s track-record for school transformation programmes in towns
and cities across the country has been further enhanced by its role in Milton Keynes.
Keynes Council aims to deliver over 10,000 much-needed new school places and
Willmott Dixon’s initial role will see it build the first three schools, Newton
Leys, Fairfield and Whitehouse Primary Schools, which will open ready for the
new intake of pupils in September 2016.
recent years, Willmott Dixon has transformed school accommodation in Liverpool,
Middleborough, Isle of Wight, Bedfordshire, Southampton and Warwickshire with
multiple projects that replaced life-expired property or created new schools to
provide extra capacity for places.
Keynes Council enlisted this education sector expertise for its first tranche of
schools through the National Major Works Framework, one of six frameworks
provided by Scape Group. The entire
programme will see Milton Keynes create seven new schools as well as expand 12
schools by 2018.
Dixon is working with two architects; CORDE for Fairfield and Whitehouse, with Synergy for Newton Leys.
Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon, said: “Demand for schools places across
the country is outstripping supply and Milton Keynes is not unique in
implementing a major school investment programme. We’ve delivered several
programmes to revitalise schools across the country and will be deploying our
know-how and skills in Milton Keynes.”
“The first three schools will deliver 2,000 additional primary
places and by using the Scape Major Works framework, Milton Keynes will save time
and cost which can instead be channelled into important areas such as front
line services. We’ll also ensure local companies benefit as supporting the
‘local pound’ is a very important part of what we do.”
of the Council, Cllr Peter Marland, said:
“I’m delighted that this ambitious
school development programme is progressing. We want to ensure all children
living in Milton Keynes can access a good local school place and I am proud
that our team are working collaboratively with Willmott Dixon to make that a
Scape Major Works framework will also provide a further boost to the local
economy through its commitment to offer apprenticeships, work experience and
other opportunities to Milton Keynes residents.”