Interserve Kajima were appointed preferred bidder by the Education Skills and Funding Agency (ESFA) for a scheme to design and build seven secondary schools across Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading under the Priority School Building Programme.
More than 8,900 pupils across the South East region will benefit from this investment, with almost 900 additional places for 11-18 years old to be created in modern, state-of-the-art buildings.
Following a series of high level negotiations, EOS were appointed directly by Interserve to provide the design and supply of their SFS systems for the scheme which has a capital value in excess of £135 million.
The secondary schools included in this project are: Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School, Hatfield; Goffs School, near Cheshunt; Kings Langley School, Kings Langley; Longdean School, Hemel Hempstead; Reading Girls’ School, Reading; Stopsley High School, Luton; and Westfield Academy, Watford.
This new generation of school buildings demonstrate a robust, design-led approach to delivering affordable learning environments which also value health, well-being and productivity for the students and staff.
EOS’ all-inclusive lump-sum pricing structure helped to address the stringent cost and performance requirements of the government’s standardisation agenda, without compromising on the design brief, in order to provide uplifting, light-filled buildings with the flexibility to adapt appropriately to each site.
Where possible, EOS maximised the continuity of their systems and components which were all designed using BIM level 2 software to improve communication between us and the wider project delivery team. Their involvement at the very start of the design process was critical to delivering these sites within budget and to tight timescales.
Whilst this scheme adopted a ‘standard design principles’ approach where possible, the combination of various components were tweaked slightly in order to respond appropriately to each site’s specific requirements and ensure the schools were delivered on programme and within budget on behalf of Interserve directly. The scheme has not only opened up more school places but employment opportunities aswell.
Dougie Sutherland, Executive Director at Interserve said:
“This is the 20th privately-financed education project in which the Group has invested and underlines our support for the Government’s investment in education. As well as providing some 900 new schools places for students in Hertfordshire, Luton and Reading, we will commit to take on more than 50 young people to work on the projects under NVQs, apprenticeships and work placements.”