The new school will accommodate 1,200 pupils once completed


Kier has been named preferred bidder to build Sheffield City Council’s new £23m Woodside School in the Burngreave area of the city.

The school is the biggest capital project undertaken by the council and will provide nearly 9,000sq m of new education space while the nearby existing grade II listed Pye Bank School will be refurbished to provide an additional 1,800sq m of space.

When finished, the school will accommodate 1,200 pupils and take children from nursery through to sixth form.

Enabling works are due to start next month with the main construction phase beginning in the summer.

Kier won the scheme under the YORbuild2 construction framework which was unveiled last February and is used by councils and other sector bodies across the Yorkshire and Humber region.

John O’Callaghan, Kier Construction Northern managing director, said: “This is Kier’s first contract award through the framework and we’re looking forward to continuing working with local authorities and public sector bodies across the North of England as we help to play our part in establishing the Northern Powerhouse.”

The contractor has been looking after thousands of homes for the city council since 2003 and in 2014 signed a £102m, three deal to carry on the work. But a year later the council said it was bringing this service back in house in order to save money.

And last year Kier completed another scheme in Sheffield, an £8.5m leisure centre in the High Green area of the city.