Queensferry campus contractor announced
A contractor has been selected to build a new secondary school to replace John
Summers High School in Queensferry and refurbish the adjoining Queensferry
Kier Construction will build the £18.5 million scheme providing a 600 place
three storey secondary school for 11-16 year olds with a new link to a
refurbished 240 place primary school for 3-11year olds. Primary children and
secondary age students will be educated in the latest state of the art
accommodation with all modern IT facilities to assist with learning.
Building work is due to start in July 2015 with the new schools scheduled to
open in January 2017. Existing facilities will remain in use until that time to
ensure no disruption for learners.
The contract has been let under the new North Wales Schools and Public
Buildings Contractor Framework procurement process which provides councils
with a pre-qualified group of contractors so that they do not have to go
through a lengthy and expensive tendering process, saving on time and costs.
Not only are the contractors assigned in a fair way, they maximise benefits to
the local community, sustain economic development and deliver environmentally
sound buildings whilst creating jobs and apprenticeships.
Councillor Chris Bithell, Flintshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for
Education said: “I am delighted that our latest new 21st Century learning
campus is progressing and that work is due to start on site within the next 12
months. Together with the new Holywell Campus and the Sixth Form hub at
Connah’s Quay we are developing first class educational facilities for the
children and young people of Flintshire.”
Gary Wintersgill, managing director of Kier Construction’s northern operations,
said: “We are very pleased to have been selected for this important project. It
not only gives us the opportunity to deliver an inspirational learning
environment for Queensferry, but also allows us to maximise the economic
benefit we deliver for the local community. By offering employment, training
and apprenticeships, and engaging with the local supply chain, we will help to
provide a lasting legacy for the local area.”