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15 Education BAM has also completed work on Fountaindale School – a timber clad 1957-built special needs school in Mansfield – as well as Birmingham’s Hallmoor School and Heathlands Primary Academy. Having worked in the education sector for many years, Derbyshire-based Bowmer & Kirkland has built more than 14 academy schools and completed seven projects under the Derbyshire Schools framework. The firm was delighted to secure a batch of five Derby schools – Asterdale Primary, Carlyle Infant School, Cavendish Close Junior School, Chaddesden Park Primary, Reigate Primary and Allestree Woodlands Academy – under the PSBP scheme. And Reigate Primary School, a twoform entry primary school of 2,419m2 with a 26-place nursery, was shortlisted as a finalist for the Education Project of the Year at the 2015 Structural Timber Awards. With a requirement for a new hearing impaired unit for 26 pupils and the refurbishment of the on-site “Surestart” unit, the now complete Reigate Primary also benefits from a new kitchen – a big plus for primary schools in Derby as previously food was prepared off site at a central cooking point. Built using structural SIP panels to all external and internal walls, the construction programme was dramatically reduced with the entire structure taking just five weeks. B&K group chairman, John Kirkland, says: “I was absolutely delighted we were awarded this first batch of schools in Derby – particularly as this was our first bid for projects through this framework.” As well as the capital funded PSBP, a further 46 schools in five batches are also being rebuilt under the public private partnerships, known as PF2. Reigate School Within this scheme Interserve Kajima has secured a contract for seven new builds in Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading; Carillion Equitix, eight in the Midlands; Morgan Sindall, 12 in the North West; Laing O’Rourke, seven in Yorkshire and Galliford Try, 12 in the North East. And it was through the PF2 that SES Engineering Services completed work on six new build secondary schools on behalf of main contractor Galliford Try. Last spring, the national engineering specialist was awarded an £18 million contract to simultaneously install mechanical and electrical (M&E) building services at The Duchess’s Community High School, Bedlingtonshire Community High School, both in Northumberland; Longbenton Community College, North Tyneside; Hetton School, Sunderland and Seaham School of Technology, County Durham; as well as Laurence Jackson School, Guisborough, North Yorkshire, ready for September’s new academic year. SES’ early involvement in the scheme, coupled with its ‘build-before-we-build’ approach, was pivotal in the team’s ability to successfully deliver the six major projects totalling 48,092 sqm. Designed by AHR Architects, while not identical in size, the buildings are identical in principle in both design and layout, and when full, they will cater for 6,340 students aged 11 to 18 years. Ranging in size from 7,200 sqm, Bedlingtonshire Community High is the smallest, while Laurence Jackson is the largest at 10,000 sqm. Each two-storey facility, which has been traditionally built using a steel framework and brick, is shaped like an ‘E’ with a main dining hall and sports hall facilities at the spine of the building, and classroom and technology blocks extending at right angles off these common facilities. Reigate School Laurence Jackson School is the one exception because its sports facilities have been refurbished to bring them up-to-date and in keeping with the new building. While the simultaneous delivery presented some challenges, SES tackled them head-on by hosting a number of workshops with Galliford Try and other project partners including M&E design consultants DESCO, structural design engineers Curtins, CDM coordinator RLF and project managers Arcadis and Cyril Sweett, who acted as the client’s agent on behalf of the EFA. A key element of SES’ plan was to produce all the required pipework and containment offsite at its innovative PRISM manufacturing facility. In total, 240 six metre modules were manufactured and delivered to site when required, saving both time and cost as well as ensuring accuracy using the BIM model. Mobilising labour across such a wide geographic area also proved a challenge for SES who used their own directly employed labour force and established supply chain of local sub-contractors to complete the 170,000 man hours needed to deliver the six schools. And SES’ operations manager for the North East, Michael Dickinson is proud to have been involved in the contract, which he believes “clearly demonstrates the best of collaborative working as well as the benefits of using our bespoke off-site manufacturing capability”. “Eighteen months ago there were six empty sites,” he says “and now the region boasts six new secondary schools, which have benefited not only from a truly collaborative approach adopted by all project partners but also from SES’ use of innovation and commitment to value engineering, to ensure that all buildings would meet with the EFA’s requirements set out in the Priority Longbenton High School Bedlingtonshire Community High School School Building Programme.” n continued on page 17

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