Work starts on £26million school expansion

Lyndon Burrell (Wates ) Georgina Lee & Sampurna Ganguly (Walton High Pupils) Cllr Norman Miles
Lyndon Burrell (Wates ) Georgina Lee & Sampurna Ganguly (Walton High Pupils) Cllr Norman Miles

A £26million expansion has begun on a city school, which will create almost 2,000 new student places.

The project by Milton Keynes Council is an expansion of Walton High academy to provide 1200 secondary and up to 400 Post-16 places for Brooklands and Broughton Gate.

The first 270 students (90 in each of years 7, 8 and 9) will be able to attend the new Walton High Brooklands Campus in the autumn of 2016.

Last week a turf-cutting ceremony was held to mark the start of building work on Walton High Brooklands Campus with

Walton High principal Michelle Currie, associate principal Sharon Alexander, project manager from MKC Jo Bray, Cllr Norman Miles and Lyndon Burrell from Wates Construction.

Cllr Norman Miles, cabinet member responsible for Children and School Improvement, said: “The building of this campus is part of our wider aim to provide an extra 10,000 places across the borough by 2018.

“Milton Keynes is a great place to live and work and therefore the number of people settling here is rising. We want to ensure that every child in Milton Keynes is provided with a good local school place and this new campus will certainly contribute to that.”

“This build is part of the council’s ambitious £160M programme which will see the creation of seven brand new schools and the expansion of 12 more by 2018, cementing the borough’s reputation as one of the leading school builders in the country.”

The three storey building is being built by Wates Construction on a 9.36 hectares site and the grounds include sports pitches and fenced and floodlit multi-use games area and all weather pitch.

Ian Vickers, regional managing director for Wates Construction, Home Counties and the East, said: “The start of construction at Walton High Brooklands Campus is a huge step forward

in Milton Keynes Council’s ambitious investment in the town’s schools and marks a significant milestone in the creation of what is set to become a first class educational environment. “The Wates team has a wealth of experience in building new schools, a key part of which is understanding the needs of both staff and students, and we are extremely proud to have been entrusted with the delivery of this exciting project.”