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12 May 2010, 06:00
Construction work on the new Peterborough Academy is likely to start in June, according to the City Council.
A £20 million project to design and build the Ormiston Bushfield teaching facility [artist's impression - right] has been awarded to Kier.
The firm is also likely to be awarded contracts for a £40 million reconstruction of Stanground College and £20 million worth of improvements to Orton Longueville School.
Peterborough City Council says a planning application for the academy is expected this summer, with construction starting in the autumn.
This timetable would mean the new school would be open to pupils in September 2012.
Work on Stanground College and Orton Longueville School is then expected to start in autumn 2011, and should be completed in summer 2013.
Money for the projects is mainly coming from the Government's "Building schools for the future" programme.
When all the work is completed, it will mean that all of Peterborough's secondary schools have been part of a multi-million pound reconstruction, expansion and improvement schemes over the last five years.
Councillor John Holdich said: "Completion of these projects will mean that all our secondary school pupils benefit from some of the best learning environments in the country.
These new state of the art buildings will enable the schools to attract the best teaching talent to the city."