22 April 2010
Pupils attending Hartlepool’s secondary schools are a step closer to having their school refurbished or renewed following the announcement of the ‘preferred bidder’ to manage the town’s huge Building Schools for the Future project.
Hartlepool Borough Council has chosen Balfour Beatty as the preferred bidder for the scheme, a team which also includes expert consultants from WYG and architects from Bond Bryan Architects.
Building Schools for the Future (BSF) is the biggest-ever school buildings investment programme. The aim of BSF funding is to rebuild or renew nearly every secondary school in England. It is envisaged, all secondary aged children and young people will have access to 21st Century standard facilities, with all secondary schools either renewed or replaced within the next 15 years.
Mike Kershaw, Director, WYG Engineering, said: “As an international consultant, we are focused on providing high quality, high value professional services by optimising our skills across the WYG Group.
“Being part of the preferred bidder team for Hartlepool BSF is recognition of our expertise and experience in this size of project. We will provide civil and structural, mechanical and electrical, BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) and sustainability design services on the project,” he added.
The circa £95m project comprises of six secondary schools in Hartlepool and are a mix of new builds and refurbishments.
Councillor Cath Hill, Hartlepool Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “This is a proud day for education in Hartlepool, marking the real start of the Building Schools for the Future project in the town.
“This will transform education for future generations, creating a vibrant and exciting place in which young people can learn and socialise in welcoming, state-of-the-art surroundings.”
Construction of the initial sample school, Dyke House Sports and Technology College will start this summer with the phased delivery of all the schools completed by over the next five years.