UK's BAM to build new secondary school in Swindon


The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) has appointed UK-based engineering company BAM Construction to build The Deanery Church of England Academy in Swindon.

The new three-storey secondary school project received planning permission in July and is set to join the Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT).

It will form part of the new Wichelstowe District Centre and be situated close to the existing Wichelstowe Waitrose store.

The Deanery will feature improved sports and arts facilities and is set to open in September 2019.

BAM developed detailed designs within the budget of £26.5m to produce the school building in collaboration with DBAT and the ESFA.

The contractor will also be responsible for the new school's fit out works.

The Deanery has been designed by AHR Architects, while Hydrock has agreed to provide structural and services engineering for the development.

BAM Construction senior design manager Pat Griffin said: “Externally, the school has a dignified and elegant look but provides for a really vibrant mix of activities and facilities.

"It maximises daylight as an integral part of the design.”

"The building will feature a floodlit all-weather pitch, drained grass pitches, a sports hall to Sport England club standards and an auditorium with a capacity to accommodate 440 people."

The Deanery Church of England Academy will be a secondary school for pupils aged 11-18.

The building will feature a floodlit all-weather pitch, drained grass pitches, a sports hall to Sport England club standards and an auditorium with a capacity to accommodate 440 people.

Additional funding for the project will be provided by Swindon Borough Council.

Construction work for the development has already begun and a formal turf-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place later this month.


Image: BAM appointed to build Swindon’s Church of England Academy. Photo: courtesy of BAM Construct UK Ltd.