Work is underway by Kier Construction on site for a new £13m sixth form academy in Bradford. Planning approval for the scheme was secured by DPP’s Leeds office earlier this year and involves the conversion of the Grade II Listed Douglas Mill to provide new teaching facilities. The proposals will also restore the mill’s Grade II Listed coach house which will provide changing facilities for a new sports hall building. The academy, which is being funded by the Department for Education and operated by Dixons Academies, is expected to open in September this year and will provide 880 new student places and 81 staff positions in an area of identified need.
Speaking about the scheme, DPP Director & National Head of Education, Michelle Davies said;
This scheme is a great example of delivering much needed Education places by re-using existing buildings and, in the case of the Coach House, bringing a long derelict Listed building back into use. Together with the new-build Sports Hall, this site will provide an inspiring environment in which to learn
Michelle Davies, Director & National Head of Education Sector
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