Three new schools to be built in Liverpool

Morgan Sindall and Willmott Dixon are set to land contracts worth £28m to build three new schools in Liverpool.

schoolA report to the council’s cabinet today is recommending that new homes for Northway Primary School in Childwall and New Park Primary School in Kensington are built by Morgan Sindall at a cost of £5.5m per school, and Willmott Dixon constructs Archbishop Blanch Church of England High School for £17.5m.

Both primary schools will be rebuilt on the playgrounds of their existing sites while Archbishop Blanch will move to a new purpose-built site in Picton.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “This is a much-needed investment in three schools which desperately need it and is part of my commitment to deliver at least 12 new schools for pupils in the city.

“The new buildings for will be a tremendous boost for thousands of present and future generations of school children and ensure they get the most out of their learning.

“We are working with construction firms to make sure as much of the money is spent locally as possible and benefits the workforce in the city.”

The deals form part of the £169m Liverpool Schools Investment Programme which was devised as a rescue package following the scrapping of Wave Six of Liverpool’s Building Schools for the Future project.

A target has been set for 80% of the sub contract spending on the two primary schools to go to Liverpool firms with 95% of the budget spent with firms across the city region.

For Archbishop Beck, it is hoped 60% will be spent in Liverpool and 70% in the wider area.

Work will start later this year on all three schools and they are expected to open in September 2015.

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