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  • £19m

    project value

  • 86 Weeks


  • 2021


A new secondary academy school in Yardley Wood being built by the Department of Education (DfE) to create a further 1,150 school places in the region.


  • New three storey secondary school in Yardley Wood
  • Compromising of a sports hall, two full-size football pitches and one FA standard 3G pitch
  • Creation of a further 1,150 school places in the region – 900 secondary school pupils and 250 sixth form students

Our team in the Midlands are creating a brand new three storey secondary academy school in Yardley Wood, Birmingham, due to open in 2021, that will create a further 1,150 school places in the region.

The project is our first to be delivered under the Department of Education framework (DfE) for the Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust and constructed under the Education & Skills Funding Agency High Value Contractors Framework.

Designed by architecture firm CPMG Architects, the new school will comprise of a pick-up and drop-off area for pupils, a sports hall, two full-size football pitches and one FA standard 3G pitch. Traditional materials have been used in a contemporary way to create a clean, simple aesthetic, whilst providing robustness and ease of maintenance including; a concrete raft ground floor, traditional brick and block wall construction with feature of render and façade cladding to express the academy’s identity.

Dan Doyle, operations director at Willmott Dixon said:

“We are pleased to be working with the DfE to create a new contemporary building which will meet the needs of the local community. This new building will enhance the current area, provide state of the art facilities for students and create an outstanding school for Yardley Wood."

Christopher Mansell, CEO, Birmingham Diocesan Multi-Academy Trust said:

“I’m really passionate about it being built here because I think it will really help to regenerate this community. We are delighted that the building in underway and are certain that Willmott Dixon will deliver a school that open new opportunities for the young people of Yardley Wood.”

Sara Harraway, director at CPMG Architects said:

“The design will create a positive, bright, robust and attractive environment for the education of the next generation of students and will promote a sense of calm and sophistication."

We’re really pleased to be working with Willmott Dixon on this latest development. During the build Willmott Dixon will be collaborating with local schools as part of its enrichment programme – a five-week programme, where young people gain personal and professional skills including communication, teamwork, problem-solving and leadership – endorsed by HRH Prince Charles. Willmott Dixon will also be opening the site to local students and apprentices, giving them the chance to visit a new build project.”