Contractor appointed to deliver £13m sixth form academy

A £13m sixth form academy in Bradford is to be designed and constructed by Kier.

Based on the Old Bowling Lane, the project will comprise a full refurbishment of the grade-II listed mill and coach house building, Douglas Mill, as well as the construction of a new build sports hall.

The 880-place sixth form is scheduled to open to its first cohort of 360 students late August 2019. This will increase to full capacity by September 2021.

The academy is being built for Multi-Academy Trust, Dixon Academies Trust as the Trust’s first standalone academy for 16-18 year olds.

John O’Callaghan, managing director for Kier Construction Northern, said: “We are thrilled that the DfE has appointed us to deliver Dixons Sixth Form in Bradford. There is a shortage of post-16 places the city, and there is no doubt that the construction of a new sixth form will be positive for the local area.

“We will construct modern education, teaching and sporting facilities to help towards Dixons vision which is to continue to revolutionise the education offering in Bradford for all pupils to be Russell Group ready.”