23 December 2010
WYG will be providing expert services on a £21m state-of-the-art school project in Tunbridge Wells, South East England.
From its Nottingham office, WYG will provide civil and structural design services to the Skinners’ Kent Academy which will see the academy rebuilt with state-of-the-art buildings and ICT facilities.
WYG will be working in partnership with Wilmott Dixon who won ‘preferred bidder’ status by Kent County Council. Willmott Dixon was one of 12 firms bidding for the contract through Partnerships for Schools’ (PfS) national Contractors’ Framework. PfS is the government's delivery agent for capital investment programmes into schools.
Tony Driscoll, Regional Director, WYG said: “We are delighted to be working on such a large and exciting project that will improve the facilities for so many students in Kent. We have a proven track record in the education sector and our engineering team will provide expert civil and structural services which is a major contribution to the new buildings.”
Innovative and award-winning practice, StudioE is the architect for the development.
Academy Principal, Sian Carr said: “This is exceptionally good news for the whole community of The Skinners’ Kent Academy. Since opening as an academy in September 2009, we have already made substantial progress in raising attainment levels - including an 88% improvement in GCSE results in five subjects including English and Maths - and this has been achieved in buildings that challenged rather than supported teaching and learning. The new facilities will enable the Academy to provide the highest quality 21st century education for its pupils and raise aspirations in the local community to provide educational, social and economic benefits for all.
Construction is estimated to begin early 2011 and complete late 2012.
Image caption: The new £21m state-of-the-art school project in Tunbridge Wells