Contractor announced to deliver 900 place expansion of Winterstoke Hundred Academy

2:44pm - 19 January 2021

Kier Construction Western & Wales have been chosen by North Somerset Council to begin the design process for a new school in Weston-super-Mare. 

Funded through the council’s successful grant bid to Homes England, the expansion of Winterstoke Hundred Academy will help up to 900 more young people get the very best start in life.

Options for the school’s design will include modern teaching spaces with a focus on BREEAM certified environmental performance, striving towards a greener local environment whilst helping realise North Somerset Council’s ambition of becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 

One of the reasons Kier’s project bid was selected was their record of building to the highest environmental standard. As patron members of the Passivhaus Trust and certified to the Carbon Trust Standard for best practice in carbon management, they are well placed to design proposals using modern and sustainable methods of construction. 

Councillor James Tonkin, North Somerset Council’s executive member for planning, highways and transport said: “The expansion of Winterstoke Hundred Academy is a really exciting project and we’re glad to have Kier on board to help us deliver it. 

“We hope these new teaching facilities will have a hugely positive impact on the way pupils learn, providing them with even more opportunities for attainment. The school expansion will also help cater to the needs of our growing population, so that young people from families across the region are able to access the additional places and facilities. 

“It’s equally important that the school is designed and built with the future in mind. In prioritising sustainability right from the drawing board, we’re able to be sure that Kier can help build our environmental ambitions into the foundations of the project, for a brighter future for all of our young people.”