Kier lands school contract

Kier Construction has won a £2.2m contract with Liverpool City Council to extend two special schools in Palmerston and Abbot's Lea.

The schools, both in the suburb of Woolton, will be extended to cater for increased demand for places.

Palmerston, which teaches secondary aged children with severe learning difficulties, will get four extra classrooms to provide a post-16 centre and enable it to take on a further 48 pupils.

Abbot's Lea, which specialises in supporting youngsters with autism, will get an six additional classrooms. The council said the investment in the site will save the city council £2m a year as it means it will not have to send around 40 pupils on the waiting list for places next year out of the city to be educated.

The new classrooms will have solar panels on the roof to keep energy costs low and will open in September 2013.

Kier Construction was set a target of ensuring that 65% of spend and employment is within the city, with 85% from across Merseyside.

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Thats great – what with SFX College and the building works going on and proposed super sixth form, all this building works and the construction traffic – and the parents dropping the pupils off for SFX and the parents from Abbot’s Lea etc parking on Beaconsfield blocking the road we should be able to grid lock the area! As the infrastructure cant cope. Oh and the care village at St Gabrielle’s at the top of Beaconsfield which is set to be constructed – a big well done to Liverpool City Council and their planners for considering everything!

By Mr Rip-on

Long term vision and aspiration, unstiffled by short term inconvenience. Congratulations LCC, good luck Kier

By Anonymous

No CONSTANT inconvenience THE WORKS MAY ONLY BE TEMPORARY, CONSTANT caused by increased pupil numbers for SFX as well as those that will now attend from St Julies, as well the other two schools as they get bigger, lack of infrastructure to support any ‘green travel'(no bus services run up Beaconsfield Rd and it could not take it)to these schools and parents not wanting their children to walk or use public transport, incredibly narrow pavements for the VERY VERY few children who do walk to school (with no option for these to be widened as no space to) inconsiderate parents and rude parents from SFX to plough up grass verges and park across residents drives. Dont really think the new care village is going to be temporary inconvenience either not sure how all these pensioners are going to get to their sheltered accomodation unless they are former triathletes what with the hills? As no transport for them either unless we are going to add more cars and motability scooters in! Add this in with the parents from the special schools parking on the main road closing off one lane of a 2 lane road and you have chaos! It is an accident waiting to happen either on Beaconsfield or at the top of Beaconsfield! Yes well done SFX, Abbots Lea and the care village oh and Liverpool City Council for allowing it! YOu really really have looked at the bigger picture -You have created it!

By Mr Rip-on

this is in no way a criticism of Kier – they do well at this and are very strong in education and much love to Ms Crabtree this is about each school getting planning bit by bit and the overall area and the strain on it not being fully considered

By Mr Rip-on

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