Kier celebrated alongside invited guests and project partners at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School in Canterbury in July 2019.
Construction of the new 1100 pupil school began this summer and will continue through to 2021, providing approximately 7,500sq m of teaching space in the form of both traditional classrooms and specialist learning facilities for subjects such as art, science, and technology.
In addition to these varying types of learning spaces, the new development will feature a mixed-use games area, composed of two Sports England compliant games courts, including provisions for tennis, netball, basketball, and hockey.
The Managing Director for Kier Regional Building Southern, Jonathan Payne stated: “Working collaboratively with the Department for Education, Kent County Council and the school, we are proud to mark the start of work on this state-of-the-art school that has been designed to provide an environment that will allow pupils to build their futures whilst reminding them of the past.
“We look forward to providing the local community with a first-class facility that will benefit generations to come.”
The new school that Kier will construction shall be based off of the original building’s design through the inclusion of a window layout that is reminiscent of the previous 1950s layout.
Furthermore, after completion of the main building is achieved, a second stage to the development process will commence that shall entail the demolition of the beforementioned main building as well as the improvement of three existing buildings.
Kent County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Education, Roger Gough added: “We are very pleased to see the building work commence to deliver new modern educational facilities for Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar School.
“It has taken a long time of planning and working with the school and its community, the Department for Education and Kier to get to this point and we are all looking forward to watching the new school buildings take shape.”
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