Doncaster school in £16m rebuild

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ONE of Doncaster’s most dilapidated school buildings looks set to be rebuilt later this year.

Bosses at Doncaster Council have announced they have lined up a preferred contractor for the scheme who could be on site at Outwood Academy in Adwick by the end of 2011 to carry out the £16 million rebuild.

The school’s current building has been a long-standing cause of concern for Adwick councillor John Mounsey, who was chairman of the governors there when it was still North Doncaster Technology College.

The council says Wates Construction Limited looks set to undertake the development after being named as the preferred contractor.

It is the same company which was brought in to rebuild Campsmount Technology College following a devastating fire.

New buildings for De Warenne Academy are also expected to be announced soon, as part of a proposed £10 million re-development. Both are being taken forward using new procurement procedures which were pioneered with the process to rebuild Campsmount.

Mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, said: “To get to this stage in the procurement process so quickly is testament to the dedicated work of the council’s school rebuilding team.

“For Doncaster to once again be leading the way for others to follow shows just what we can deliver and the confidence the Government has in the council and town. This also demonstrates my commitment to academies in Doncaster.

“I want the children and local communities to realise the benefits of the new school facilities as quickly as possible and we are right on track.”

David Price, Business Unit Director for Wates Construction in Yorkshire, said: “Being named preferred contractor for Outwood Academy in Adwick is a significant achievement for Wates and our appointment to the project reflects our commitment to the efficient delivery of school rebuilding works.

“The rebuild of Campsmount Technology College is a continuing success and we are very proud to be contributing further to the significant improvements being made to education facilities in Doncaster.”

The proposal for Outwood has now been submitted and the council has confirmed it wants to proceed with the scheme. A full planning application will be submitted in August, and the awarding of the contract will follow shortly after.

The authority says the aim is for the Outwood project to start on site before the end of 2011, followed shortly after by De Warenne, and both projects be completed by early 2013.

Campsmount School is due for completion in February 2012.