Dignitaries including the Mayor of Doncaster visited the site of the new Bader Academy to mark the completion of its steel structure, which is almost entirely constructed using British steel.
The 100-place specialist school, which will support young people in Doncaster with communication and interaction needs, is one of the first projects to follow the signing of the UK Steel charter by the Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, in September 2019. The council joins a list of other organisations nationally who are committing to support the UK steel and manufacturing industries by promoting and enabling the use of UK produced steel in the borough’s construction and infrastructure projects.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster said: “We are delighted, not only in seeing the great progress being made on the construction of Bader Academy, but also that we are honouring Doncaster’s commitment as a signatory of the UK Steel Charter. Ninety-one percent of this project’s steel is supplied and manufactured here in the UK, and we are taking practical steps through our procurement processes for future construction projects to ensure British steel use is a priority.
“This project is also a fantastic asset to Doncaster’s education offer, and we are looking forward to the completion of this important facility which will provide vital specialist education places for some of our young people, ensuring they have the best possible start and greater opportunities to succeed.”
Andy Hurcomb, Director for Willmott Dixon in Yorkshire, said: “This fantastic and important specialist school will create such a positive legacy for the young people of Doncaster. We’re proud to be using British steel and project milestones such as this steel signing give us to opportunity to take stock of the dedication and team-work involved in making this exciting project a reality.”
For more information about Bader Academy, visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/baderacademy