Brent gives Wates Crest Academies

Details have been announced of plans for a £40 million rebuild which will “totally transform Crest Boys’ Academy and Crest Girls’ Academy”, so says Brent Council.

The council has appointed a preferred contractor – Wates Construction, with support from a Capita Symonds design team – for the scheme.

The council say The existing Crest Academies buildings are in need of modernisation and improvement. The new buildings would include separate Girls’ and Boys’ Academies with a joint sixth form in four pavilion buildings in a park setting; flexible classrooms and learning spaces suitable for different class sizes, with up-to-date ICT equipment; a large hall, theatre, library, two sports halls, drama and activity studios, all with potential for community use; spaces for outside learning and sports in the grounds including pitches available for community use; and improved entrances at Crest Road and Dollis Hill.

Apprenticeships will be offered to local people during construction and there will also be an emphasis on local labour and a local supply chain.

The plans, expected to be submitted next month, should deliver an extra 300 student places over five years.

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