Crest Academies approved, Wates to win contract

crest academyBrent Council has approved proposals for a £40 million project which aims to transform the Crest Boys’ Academy and Crest Girls’ Academy in Neasden.

The project involves a total rebuild to create modern buildings with excellent facilities for students, staff and the whole community 

It is expected that the contract will be formally awarded to Wates Construction Ltd early in December with work beginning before Christmas.

Some students will see better facilities from as soon as Easter 2012 when they move into new sixth form facilities.

Councillor Mary Arnold, Brent Council’s Lead Member for Children and Families, said: “The rebuilt Academies will have the kind of excellent, modern facilities that are crucial to help them to continue improving academic standards and so help give local students the best opportunities in life.”

The new buildings will include separate Girls’ and Boys’ Academies with joint sixth form in four pavilion buildings in a park setting, a large hall, theatre, library, two sports halls, drama and activity studios, all with potential for community use, and will provide places for an extra 300 students over five years. 

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

Councillor George Crane, Brent Council’s Lead Member for Regeneration and Major Projects, said: “Not only will this project transform the Academies but it will also help regenerate the area and create jobs for local people.”



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