Construction firm to build three sites in £41m contract

Interserve has begun work on a £41.4m contract to build three schools for pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs, split across three sites in north, east and south Leeds.

Leeds City Council is funding the scheme, which will provide specialist learning environments for pupils aged between 11 and 16 who are unable to attend mainstream schools.

The new Springwell Special Academy Leeds facilities will include specialist teaching areas, sensory rooms, outside learning areas and sports pitches, as well as multi-use games areas.

The schools will be run by the Wellspring Academy Trust, a multi-academy trust and approved DfE Academy sponsor that is focused on improving life chances for pupils and communities in the Yorkshire and Humber region. The development of the scheme has been led by Leeds City Council.

Project completion is expected in time for the 2018-19 academic year.

Gordon Kew, Interserve’s managing director, said: “The new schools represent a major investment by Leeds City Council into the future of young people in Leeds.

“It also marks a continuation of our relationship with the Council and the Leeds Education Partnership, which has successfully delivered numerous education projects in and around the city.”