Kier continues Liverpool school renewals

Kier Construction has been awarded contracts worth £3.6m for the extension of the St Cleopas and Christ the King primary schools, as part of the first phase of Liverpool City Council’s primary school expansion programme.

The £2m of works at St Cleopas in Monro Street will enlarge the school to allow for an increase from 210 to 315 pupils. Kier will build four classroom extensions and refurbish a further four, and extend the reception and hall.

All works are due to complete by September 2016.

At Christ the King in Meadway, school capacity will be increased from 315 to 420 children. Kier will undertake a three-classroom extension and internal remodelling, with construction due to complete by July 2016.

Liverpool-based K2 Architects is working with Kier on behalf of council on several projects within the Liverpool capital works programme, and is the architect on St Cleopas. OMF Derek Cox designed the extension at Christ the King.

Phil Vickers, commercial director for Kier Construction’s northern operations, said: “Working with Liverpool City Council, Kier has already successfully completed three essential community projects through the Scape National Minor Works Framework, including the £2m relocation of the Great Homer Street Market and building ten extra classrooms for two special educational needs schools in Woolton.

“St Cleopas and Christ the King primary schools are the first two in a second tranche of projects that we will deliver for the council through the framework, providing much-needed additional accommodation at ten schools. The projects we deliver through Scape offer a great deal of social value to local communities; in particular the partnership was chosen to deliver Liverpool’s primary school expansion programme because of our strengths in leveraging local spend. Throughout these vital projects to extend local schools and ensure the council can accommodate demand for primary places, we’re aiming to spend 65% of the project budget within the city, supporting Liverpool’s strategy for economic regeneration by improving its skills base and promoting local employment.”

Kevin Horton, director of K2, said: “As a young local practice we are delighted with the support given to us by Kier and Liverpool City Council whom we have worked tirelessly with to create a sustainable long term relationship which is now beginning to bear fruit. With more projects in the pipeline this is an exciting time for us.”

As part of the Liverpool schools investment programme, Kier completed Holly Lodge Girls College last year and is close to completing works on St Francis Xavier. Kier is also preferred bidder for two further Liverpool high schools, St Julie’s Catholic High School and Palmerston School.

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hmm is this competitive or does everything just go to Kier now. Kier and Redrow are the firm favourites. Redrow for buying great education sites to build on. Kier to build schools which aren’t used, or on green space …………..

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