Construction by Kier will begin this month on £21m Sidney Stringer school
Sheppard Robson has received planning permission for its Sidney Stringer Academy in Coventry.
The £21m project, which is being built by Kier, is part of a wider masterplan for the area. It is conceived to work on a constrained site, and strives to optimise the provision of external space in the available area. The project works across a split site, but the design seeks to move away from a traditional linear street approach to create a network of public spaces between the buildings.
The 14,788m² scheme will provide places for 1,050 students aged between 11-16 and 300 post-16 students.
Louise Merrett, associate at Sheppard Robson and project leader for Sidney Stringer Academy, said: “This area was previously a thriving manufacturing base and the Academy is in close proximity to a number of underprivileged residential communities within the Swanswell Regeneration area.
"We believe the planning approval will be a catalyst for further improvement; our design provides a building to be used by the local community and a public space on an urban site.”
Construction will begin this month, with completion expected in summer 2011 for the academy buildings and March 2012 for the academy grounds and sportshall.
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