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Windsor Olympus Academy: thanking a contractor for showing bags of generosity

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BAM UK & Ireland built the Windsor Olympus Academy – then provided 181 branded bags for the new school’s first intake of students.

Windsor Olympus Academy is a new secondary school in Winson Green, near Smethwick. Having opened in September 2023 to Year 7 students, it will grow yearly to provide education for 900 students.

BAM UK & Ireland was the main contractor for the school’s construction. BAM built to a design created by Maber Architects and Dally Henderson Landscape Architects Ltd. The school comprises a three-storey building and linked two-storey sports hall, together with extensive hard and soft landscaping.

Windsor Olympus Academy has a sport and PE specialism. Its elite sports facilities include a full size all-weather artificial 3G pitch, multi-use games areas and a fitness studio.

A badged school bag for 181 students

Having completed the work, the BAM team wanted to give a little extra to the students embarking on secondary school life at Windsor Olympus Academy. At Sandwell Council, we encourage social value from our contractors, so we were delighted when BAM offered to fund a badged school bag for each of the 181 new Year 7 students.

We also encourage local spending to boost our Sandwell economy, so we further celebrated BAM’s decision to buy the bags from Gogna, a sport and school uniform supplier with a shop in Oldbury.

Michael Wragg is Senior Social Value Officer on our Business Growth Team at Sandwell Council. He said: “Through this funding of a great new bag for the students, BAM also created some increased local spend in the area. Thank you to them – and all contractors to Sandwell Council who give back more to our communities.”

[Pictured outside Gogna premises: Michael Wragg from Sandwell Council, Junior Gogna from Gogna and Phil Eves from BAM Construction.]

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