Council selects contractor to build Hampton Gardens school

Council / 19 Aug 2015

Construction services company Carillion Construction Limited has been selected as the preferred contractor to build Hampton Gardens, a new free school that will educate 1,500 pupils.

It follows a competitive process carried out by the the city council under the Education Funding Agency Contractor’s Framework. Carillion will shortly work with the city council in developing proposals for the project build.

The new secondary school is a joint project between the city council and Cambridgeshire County Council and is set to open in Peterborough's new Hampton Gardens development in September 2017.

Hampton Academies Trust, which runs the nearby Hampton College, will manage the school which will serve a catchment area that includes Hampton, as well as the nearby village of Yaxley.

Residents are now invited to have their say on plans for the school at a public consultation event held at Hampton College on Wednesday 2 September 2015 from 5pm until 7.30pm.

Computer generated image of a school building

Artist's impression of the new Hampton Gardens school

As part of the planning application process the proposed design of the building, including plans and architectural designs, will be available for inspection and comment.

Plans include a 3G all-weather sports pitch and multi-use games area, which will be made available for community use. The school will have provision for 300 sixth form students.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the city council and cabinet member for education, skills and university said: "The plans for Hampton Gardens give a wonderful vision of a first class building that will provide the very best education facilities for secondary aged students across the Hampton development and Yaxley areas.

“Carillion has a long association with building state-of-the-art school buildings in Peterborough, including City of Peterborough Academy and Thomas Deacon Junior Academy, and these plans promise to raise the bar even higher for the quality of education provision in the city.

"We are spending millions of pounds every year providing additional school places to meet the increasing demand. But we also make sure we employ good teachers and create outstanding facilities for pupils. More than 80 per cent of schools in the city are now rated good or better by Ofsted."

Councillor Mac McGuire, who represents Norman Cross on Cambridgeshire County Council, added: “This is an exciting project, the first of its kind for us in terms of joint working between ourselves and Peterborough City Council. It has been a genuinely collaborative exercise, with officers and members from both authorities working together to enable it to reach this important stage. I am delighted with the progress which has been made so far, and very grateful for the hard work and dedication of everyone involved.”