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Kier set to develop new £20m academy

Kier is set to build a new £20 million academy after being named as preferred bidder for the development in Ellesmere Port.

The new £20m University Church of England Academy complex will see the existing north and south campuses merged to make up a new 1,350 pupil school.

The facilities to be built by Kier Northern include eight sports pitches, a theatre and state-of-the-art science laboratories.

The new academy building is scheduled for completion by Christmas 2012, on behalf of Cheshire West and Chester Council and will also incorporate drama and performance areas, a creative learning centre, media centre and 550-seat theatre.

Academy principal Kevin McDermott said: “The new building will be more than a school, it will be an icon for our community; it will enable our students to live their dreams and it will ensure our talented staff can best support outstanding teaching and learning. Our students, staff and community deserve this.”

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