The 100,000m² plot is situated to the immediate south of Ponteland town centre and will include a comprehensive range of community facilities all in one space, including two new schools to support Northumberland’s Education and Skills Priorities plan.
Kier will build a 420-place primary school with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, open-plan breakout areas, a multi-purpose hall and a dedicated dining hall as well as a 1,600-place secondary school with teaching rooms and learning support areas, halls, studios and a lecture theatre.
A leisure centre with a six-lane 25m swimming pool, a gym, climbing wall and soft play zone will all be part of a curved building that is set to be a focal point of the new project. In addition, the Ponteland development will feature a full size 3G pitch, café, library and community fire station.
Construction is set to commence this winter and is due for completion in summer 2020 for the start of the 2020/21 academic year.
Brian McQuade, Managing Director of Kier Construction Scotland & North-East England, said: “Working collaboratively with Northumberland County Council, we are looking forward to delivering the Ponteland development that will bring huge benefits to the local area.
“We have a strong track record in delivering first-class educational and local community buildings and our aim is to create, with the client team, learning environments in which students can thrive. Throughout the duration of the project, we will work with the local supply chain and look to offer training and job opportunities as well as engage with residents to ensure that they see local benefits.”
Peter Jackson, Leader of Northumberland County Council said: “I am delighted the contract has been awarded to Kier Construction who are local to the North East and we are confident that we can now guarantee the best possible value for money for our residents and communities as well as growing the local economy through the construction contract.