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BAM to carry out military school refurbishment

BAM to carry out military school refurbishment
BAM has announced that it has landed a major refurbishment contract for a military school situated in Dover.

Officials revealed that the company has been selected to take on the £25 million renovation and expansion project at the Duke of York Royal Military School, improving facilities for students and teachers alike. The work will include rejuvenating existing buildings as well as constructing more as the institute looks to extend beyond its current confines and allow its attendees to experience better surroundings.

The Duke of York Royal Military School takes in pupils aged between 11 and 18, teaching them through all stages of equivalent high school and college education curriculum as well as providing a military experience to prepare them should they look to become a soldier following their studies. Unlike many institutes, the Duke of York offers boarding to students and the latest development will increase the comfort that the attendees enjoy already.

BAM has been selected as contractor and will set about the task of refurbishing the Grade II listed buildings that are on the grounds of the military school as well as demolishing non-listed structure with brand new facilities. Among the plans include a sports hall, two two-storey teaching blocks as well as four new junior boarding dormitories as the school looks to expand its numbers.

Officials have noted that once completed the new facilities will allow the institute to raise the amount of students from 468 to 722, boosting its profile within the education sector as well as highlighting the key role military schools can offer in a pupil's development.

Rod Stiles, project director said: "BAM is pleased to be able to use our extensive experience in the education sector to help this historic and important school upgrade its facilities.

"This scheme will provide cutting edge teaching, living and sporting facilities for students while remaining loyal to its historic roots. Most of the suppliers and construction workforce will be from Kent and our training programmes will continue to develop new local construction apprentices."

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Date: 04/09/2012 14:46:00

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