30 October 2008
A team from Capita Symonds’ Bristol office provided project
management services on the new Merchants Academy in Withywood,
South Bristol which will cater for 1500 students aged between
11 and 18.
Built around an impressive central courtyard, the school
comprises seven academic buildings with state-of-the-art
technological facilities. Designed to have a campus feel with
plenty of internal and external space for students, the site also
boasts an all-weather sports facility and amenities for an Army
Cadet Force unit - both of which will be open to local young people
outside normal school hours.
Capita Symonds worked in conjunction the sponsor - the Society
of Merchant Venturers - and their retained professional team of
Penoyre and Prasad; Buro Happold; Dobson White Boulcott; and main
contractor Cowlin Construction and their architect - AWW
Architects; to complete the project ahead of programme and under
Pictured (l-r): Nick Hood, Master, Society of Merchant
Venturers; Professor Rosamund Sutherland, University of Bristol;
Jamie Harwood, Project Manager, Cowlin Construction; Stephen Kings,
Principal, Merchants' Academy; John Wormald, Director,
Capita Symonds; Denis Burn, Chairman, Merchants'
Stephen Kings, Principal of the Merchants’ Academy, said: “This
is a very exciting time for us here in south Bristol. Having taught
for 14 years at Withywood Community School in the past, it means a
lot to me to come back and be part of something so new and
innovative. The building was designed specifically to deliver our
vision of providing an active but personal approach to education,
and I’m happy to say that it has exceeded our expectations. We look
forward to providing the level of education that the young people
of the area deserve, in an environment in which they can
The building was designed specifically to deliver our vision of providing an active but personal approach to education, and I’m happy to say that it has exceeded our expectations.
The Academy is independent of local authority control and is
co-sponsored by the Society of Merchant Venturers and the
University of Bristol.