Construction firm BAM begins £7m expansion of Somerset School

Construction work has started on a £7million extension to a school in Somerset.

BAM Construct has announced that it has started work on a new two-storey building on the grounds of Holyrood Academy in Chard.

Designed by Grainge Architects, the new building will include a purpose-built student/dining area, six classrooms and new offices and meeting rooms.

The program also includes a complete renovation of the existing premises of the school and the modernization of the scientific facilities.

Work began with the safe demolition of the old Cresta Pool building adjacent to the school on Zembard Lane.

BusinessLivesister site of SomersetLive previously reported Somerset County Council closed the establishment in September 2018stating that she could no longer afford to maintain it.

BAM has been appointed as the prime contractor for the new block building, which will be fully electric and fitted with energy-efficient fabric.

The company said the scheme would increase capacity at Holyrood Academy by an additional 225 places.

Cllr Clare Paul, cabinet member for education and public health at Somerset County Council, said the expansion was ‘exciting news’ for the school and the town, and would help meet demand for spaces additional educational facilities as Chard’s population grows.

Tim Chell, BAM Construct’s Western Regional Director, covering South West England and South Wales, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to deliver this project which will demonstrate BAM’s established credentials. in the construction of sustainable and energy-efficient schools in the region.

David McCormick, Principal of Holyrood Academy, added: “We are delighted that the demolition work is complete and construction of our new building is now underway. Students and staff are very excited about the plans and can’t wait to see them take shape. »

BAM said it had already worked on “at least a dozen” education programs over the past decade, including Bridgwater College Academy and Weston College Academy.

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Michael J. Chiaramonte