Central Bedfordshire Council is building two new academies next year in partnership with Willmott Dixon Construction, with the M&E contracts awarded to Kershaw Mechanical Services.
Bedford Academy, the larger of the two, is due for completion in April 2013, while All Saints Academy, in Dunstable, should reach completion by September 2012.
All Saints Academy, with an M&E value of £3m, will provide places for around 740 students, aged 11 to 18 years old. The larger Bedford Academy has an M&E value of £5m and will cater for around 1,440 students.
Both academies will replace existing buildings and are designed around a central hub providing a circular reception atrium. Three wings extend out at All Saints Academy; four at Bedford Academy.
Energy efficiency and environmental impact are key aspects of the build programmes, reflected in the M&E remit which includes under-floor heating, natural ventilation via auto operable windows with temperature sensors, fully controlled intelligent lighting systems and ground source heat pump technology.
All Saints Academy will also benefit from a roof mounted photovoltaic array totalling 100m2.