New College is inviting parents, local businesses and the community to a consultation event on Wednesday 20 July to discuss the new Great Western Academy at Tadpole Garden Village and meet representatives of the company contracted to build it.
The event taking place at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy, Greene Street, Tadpole Garden Village between 4.30pm and 7.30pm, is an opportunity for the public to view current designs for the proposed secondary school. Comments are invited and will be considered by the design team prior to formal submission of planning application in August this year.
If the proposal is approved by the local planning authority, BAM Construction Ltd, who are engaged by the Education Funding Agency (EFA), plan to create the new £21 million building for Great Western Academy (GWA) to deliver secondary teaching and learning to 1,210 pupils. The three-storey building will provide study and teaching facilities for the delivery of a full secondary and post-16 curriculum with a major focus on business, enterprise and technology.
Graham Taylor, Principal of New College Swindon and Project Lead for the GWA bid, pictured, said: “This is an exciting community project which will provide a much-needed, new school for Swindon; the third fastest growing town in the country. We aim to prepare learners for further study and the world of work, business and enterprise with a big focus on using IT and digital technologies to do this.
“BAM were appointed after a rigorous selection process and we are delighted to have them on board. They have a great record in the education sector and I believe that they will deliver a fantastic building with the best facilities in the area.”
BAM were the lead contractors in the conversion of former Swindon railway works in the town centre to create the town’s University Technical College, UTC Swindon, and over 15 years ago its sister company BAM Nuttall were responsible for the construction of Thamesdown Drive between the Orbital Shopping Centre and Purton Road.
Pat Griffin, BAM’s Senior Design Manager, said: “One reason we have a strong track record in the education field is that we are a collaborative company, and what drives our work is a thorough understanding of our client’s needs and forming successful partnerships with it. Part of that involves understanding their community and the people whom their building affects, so the consultation is important to us and we look forward to meeting local people.”
The current design, developed by award-winning international design practice Scott Brownrigg, includes modern, state-of-the-art facilities for IT, Science and Maths, Design and Technology and the Creative Arts (Music, Drama and Dance).
Construction is scheduled to start in January 2017 and conclude by July 2018, ready for school opening in September 2018.
Pictured top and below, impressions of the proposed Great Western Academy designed by Scott Brownrigg. Bottom, the site location in Tadpole Garden Village