Kier – Dixons 6th Form College, Bradford
Davison operations Director Darren Horbury said, “we are excited to be working alongside Kier PM Neil Hickingbottom again, to deliver the fencing and automated gate package on the new sixth form academy. Our experience in the field will be vital to the success of the project”.
Kier was named by the Department for Education (DfE) to design and construct a brand-new 880-place academy in Bradford, Dixons Sixth Form.
The £13m academy will be based on Old Bowling Lane in Douglas Mill and is being built for Bradford-based Multi-Academy Trust, Dixon Academies Trust as the Trust’s first standalone academy for 16-18 year olds.
Douglas Mill is a grade II listed mill and coach house building, previously occupied by the NHS. The project involves a full refurbishment of the site, as well as the construction of a new build sports hall.
The sixth form is scheduled to open to its first cohort of 360 students late August 2019. This will increase to its full capacity of 880 students by September 2021.
John O’Callaghan, managing director for Kier Construction Northern, commented: “We are thrilled that the DfE has appointed us to deliver Dixons Sixth Form in Bradford. There is a shortage of post-16 places the city, and there is no doubt that the construction of a new sixth form will be positive for the local area.
“We will construct modern education, teaching and sporting facilities to help towards Dixons vision which is to continue to revolutionise the education offering in Bradford for all pupils to be Russell Group ready.”
The latest win reinforces Kier’s position in the North of England’s education sector, where it has recently delivered a £7.3m sixth form centre as part of the Kirklees College’s new learning quarter. Davison fencing once again provided the fencing and gate package on the project.