Scheme includes sports pitches, theatre and science labs

Kier has been announced preferred bidder for the new £20m University Church of England Academy complex in Ellesmere Port.

The designs for the 1,350-pupil school in Whitby Road include eight sports pitches, a theatre and science laboratories.

Kier Northern will build the new academy building, which is scheduled for completion by Christmas 2012, on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The full list of facilities include drama and performance areas, a creative learning centre, media centre and 550-seat theatre, as well as fully integrated special needs provision, multi-level reflection space, internal gardens and a courtyard. Sports facilities will include two full-size football pitches, six multi-sports courts and outdoor fitness areas. Open landscaped areas, allotments and a pond complete the grounds.

Kier Northern managing director, Nigel Brook, said: “This is an important project for us and we recognise the significance of creating the very best learning environment for the young people of Ellesmere Port.”