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Knole Academy deal for Willmott Dixon

International developer Willmott Dixon has secured a new £16.7 million contract for the construction of a new academy in Kent.

The company has secured the development rights from architect Hunters for Knole Academy, with completion of the project now set for the start of the autumn term 2014.

Set to include excellent educational and sporting facilities for students, the new campus will deliver an outdoor climbing wall, conference and performance areas, a new Sixth Form Centre, business economics and ICT suites, A-level physics, biology and chemistry labs, as well as a graphics and art suite, recording centre and a 300-seat auditorium.

In addition, the academy will feature three outdoor five-a-side football pitches and a full-size all-weather pitch.

Willmott Dixon Capital Works chief executive officer John Frankiewicz said: "We are very proud to be working with a number of different schools across the country now - existing schools, academies, new Free Schools and University Technical Colleges.

"This track record of delivery enables us to improve our offer all of the time, working with the client, the school and local community to create places where young people can thrive and reach their full potential."

Offering school places for up to 1,550 students - including 350 sixth form places - the project is to get underway immediately, with the majority of the new facilities to be housed in a three-storey building, while the developer will also carry out extensive refurbishment of a number of existing buildings at the site to provide an additional dance studio and fitness centre.

Elsewhere, BAM Construction also recently signed a contract for delivery of new schools in the Midlands, including developments in Birmingham, Derby and Nottinghamshire.

The firm has secured a £27 million contract with the Education Funding Agency that will see it embark on ambitious plans for the creation of new school places for up 1,800 young people across the region. 

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