Contractor will build three new schools as council aims to create 10,000 school places

Newton Leys school

Willmott Dixon has been appointed to build three new schools for Milton Keynes council worth a total £21m.

The schemes mark the first phase in the council’s £160m schools investment plan, which ultimately aims to deliver 10,000 much-needed school places.

Willmott Dixon has been appointed through the Scape major works framework to build the first three schools - Newton Leys (pictured), Fairfield and Whitehouse Primary Schools, which will open ready for the new intake of pupils in September 2016.

Willmott Dixon is working with three architects; CORDE for Fairfield, ADP for Whitehouse and Synergy for Newton Leys.

Peter Owen, managing director at Willmott Dixon, said: “Demand for schools places across the country is outstripping supply and Milton Keynes is not unique in implementing a major school investment programme.

“We’ve delivered several programmes to revitalise schools across the country and will be deploying our know-how and skills in Milton Keynes.”

Leader of the council, Cllr Peter Marland, said: “I’m delighted that this ambitious school development programme is progressing. We want to ensure all children living in Milton Keynes can access a good local school place and I am proud that our team are working collaboratively with Willmott Dixon to make that a reality.”