Kier chosen to build £23m Sheffield school

Kier has been named preferred bidder to build the new Woodside School for Sheffield City Council.

The £23 million project is the construction firm's first contract awarded through the new YORbuild2 framework and will provide a new through school from nursery to sixth form pupils.

Almost 9,000sqm of new education space will be built while the existing Grade II listed Pye Bank School building will be refurbished, providing a further 1,800sqm of space. When complete, the school will be able to accommodate 1,200 pupils and provide first class educational facilities.

Enabling works are due to start next month with the main construction phase beginning in the summer.

This scheme represents the biggest capital project undertaken by Sheffield City Council and adds to Kier’s long-standing presence in the area.

It recently completed the new £8.5 million North Active Leisure Centre in Sheffield and has worked with the council for the past 12 years providing repairs and maintenance services to council tenants.

John O’Callaghan, Kier Construction northern managing director, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be awarded this opportunity to provide a vital new school for Sheffield.

“We deliver on average 25,000 school places every year across the north and are confident that, by working closely with the council to understand their requirements, we can build a facility the City will be proud of.”

“This is Kier’s first contract award through the YORbuild2 framework and we’re looking forward to continue working with local authorities and public sector bodies across the North of England as we help to play our part in establishing the Northern Powerhouse.”

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