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Milton Keynes schools open their doors this September

Milton Keynes' £160m school building programme continues with over 1,700 new places

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 15, 2015 | Bricks & mortar

Nine new or expanded schools have opened recently as part of Milton Keynes’ council’s £160m school build programme, ensuring that every child in the area has access to a good local school place.

One of the nine schools is the second campus of Brooklands Farm Primary School, which is set to eventually provide an extra 630 school places. This modern new school based in the east of the borough will sit alongside a community facility and includes a 39-place nursery to meet the growing demand of the young population in the area. Other schools opening new facilities this September include New Bradwell School with 210 places, Oakgrove School with 300 places and Heronshaw School with 90 places. In total, the nine projects will provide in excess of 1700 new school places. 

The ambitious £160M programme sees the creation of seven brand new schools and the expansion of 12 others, creating thousands of new school places in Milton Keynes and cementing the borough’s reputation as one of the best school builders in the country. 

The council has also recently signed up to national framework Scape to design and construct new schools and other major construction projects. Scape will help the council provide value for money and ensure that local contractors can be part of the supply chains to provide their services for substantial elements of the projects. The framework also delivers other significant social value benefits for Milton Keynes, such as apprenticeship opportunities, work experience and community projects.  

Cllr Peter Marland, Leader of Milton Keynes Council, said: “Delivering so many excellent projects on time and on budget is a wonderful achievement in itself but what really excites me is that our aim to provide a good local school place for every child is being done in a way that supports the local economy in such a positive way; the people of Milton Keynes and Milton Keynes businesses working on Milton Keynes projects.” 

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