BAM to build £50m Northumberland super-school


BAM Construction has been appointed to deliver a new “super-school” in Northumberland valued at £50 million.  

Credit: Northumberland County Council.

Northumberland County Council named the company as main contractor for construction of the new Astley High School and Whytrig Middle School in the Seaton Valley area.   

Under the plans, the two schools will be rebuilt on a new shared campus to create a facility for more than 1,000 students opening in September 2025.  

Sports facilities including a fitness studio, swimming pool and 3G pitch available for use by the wider community will also be built.    

Designed by Ryder Architecture, the building will be the first net-zero carbon in operation school in the county.  

“We are really looking forward to working with Northumberland County Council to help deliver this exciting project,” said Tony Fitzgerald, construction director, BAM.  

“We are committed to ensuring we make a real positive social and environmental impact within the local community in Seaton Valley and can’t wait to get started on turning these plans into reality.” 

Councillor Guy Renner-Thompson, cabinet member for Inspiring Young People, added: “This investment in our young people and the wider community will transform education and sports facilities in Seaton Valley for generations to come, bringing wide-ranging benefits to education, health and well-being. 

We’re really pleased to be working with BAM Construction. They are committed to using as many local contractors as possible, which means money invested will be ploughed back into the local economy too.” 

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