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  • £23.8m

    Combined project value

  • 990

    further school places in Sandwell

  • 2021

    completion

The development of three existing schools in Sandwell



HIGHLIGHTS

  • Development of three existing schools - Q3 Academy Langley, West Bromwich Collegiate Academy and Bristnall Hall Academy
  • Providing much needed school provision
  • Part of Sandwell Council’s Schools Capital Programme 2019-2021

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Our team in the Midlands are currently on site developing three existing schools in Sandwell – accommodating an additional 990 school places in the region.

Designed in conjunction with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and ADP Architecture, the facilities are being built as part of the Council’s Schools Capital Programme 2019-2021.

With a combined total value of £23.8m the three projects including Q3 Academy Langley, Wes Bromwich Collegiate Academy and Bristnall Hall Academy are planned to be ready for their next intake of pupils at the start of the 2021-22 academic year.

Procured via the Constructing West Midlands Framework – the specifications for the developments include the extension of existing teaching accommodation including provision of a theatre, new multi-use hall and completion of all external spaces at Q3 Academy Langley. The project at West Bromwich Collegiate Academy will see the completion of a new specialist teaching block, a sports hall and a new sports pitch and at Bristnall Hall Academy the creation of a new stand-alone building compromising of teaching, kitchen and dining facilities.

Our purpose beyond profit

As a core part of Sandwell's schools development programme, we are delivering a host of community and economic activities that will benefit local people both now and in the future.

With all our projects, we aim to leave a lasting legacy on the communities we work within and have therefore committed to investing five per cent back into the local community during this development.

We are aiming to deliver a total of over £1.2m worth of social value across all three schools through introducing initiatives that include the improvement of staff wellbeing, supporting local people into employment and providing NEETs students with employability skills and training opportunities.

We will also be working closely with Sandwell’s Education, Skills and Employment team to look at local employment and apprenticeships and our on-site teams will also be providing career guidance, workshops, virtual site tours and mock interviews. Furthermore, we will be hosting work experience placements and supporting the community through these initiatives and volunteering opportunities. Throughout the pandemic, we have also been delivering virtual work experience and will be offering the service to schools in Sandwell.

Michelle Cotterill, operations director at Willmott Dixon said:

“We are very excited to be on-site at these three prominent developments within Sandwell – these schemes will provide much-needed school places for the local community throughout its period of rapid expansion.
We have experience within the education industry and a proven track record of working in live education environments. We are delighted to be providing Sandwell Council with a trio of high-quality education facilities.”

Councillor Joyce Underhill, Cabinet Member for Best Start in Life at Sandwell said:

“In these most challenging of times, particularly with the unusual working restrictions we all currently face, it is extremely pleasing to see the progress that has continued to be made towards these three major school projects being completed in time for the start of September 2021.
The Council looks forward to continuing to build a strong working relationship with Willmott Dixon to ensure our children receive the best possible school facilities.”

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