Consultant CM Parker Browne wins £130m contract for five United Learning Trust academy projects

United Learning Trust (ULT) has commissioned multidisciplinary consultant CM Parker Browne for five of its new academy projects.

The £130m deal increases CM Parker Browne’s education portfolio to 12. It was also appointed by ULT as quantity surveyor and project manager on its first seven academies.

Due to start on site later this year, the Stockport Academy will see a new £27m academy school being built for 1150 pupils aged 11 to 18 to replace the existing Avondale High School. The 18-month contract will see a three-storey school being constructed around a central enclosed atrium which will act as a hub for the school.

Stockport Academy
Stockport Academy

Replacing the current Waltheof School, the £29m Sheffield Park Academy will cater for 1300 pupils aged between 11 and 18 specialising in business and enterprise.

A second academy in the city, Sheffield Springs, is under construction on the site of the existing Myrtle Springs School. Due for completion in January 2008, this £28m scheme will provide 1350 places for pupils aged between 11 and 18 with a focus on the performing arts.

ULT director of education David Hanson said: “Once constructed, the new facilities will be a great benefit to each and every pupil in all three schools.”

Bowmer & Kirkland has been appointed as main contractor. Others involved include Aedas Architects and structural engineer Whitbybird.