Dual Role for Faithful+Gould in Sustainable Pool Project

Dale Potts
The Leeds office of international cost and project management consultants, Faithful+Gould, has secured further work from its client, City of York Council, with an appointment to provide professional services on a new £5.2 million swimming pool project.

This latest project, which has been submitted for planning, will form part of an extension to an existing sports hall on the York High School site. The new pool, which will replace the nearby Edmund Wilson Swimming Pool, will be 25 metres long with six lanes.

Faithful+Gould will provide the Council with quantity surveying services and act as BREEAM Assessor on the scheme which will also include a new hydrotherapy pool and changing facilities.

Ensuring the scheme incorporates as many sustainable features as possible for a project of this type, environmental proposals include a solar thermal water heating system, a biomass boiler which will be fired by wood pellets and a rainwater harvesting system – the harvested water will be used to flush toilets.

Although the project is in its early stage, the materials to be used in the building’s construction are currently under review and will be selected based on their suitability and cost.

Funding for the scheme is being provided by the City of York Council.

Faithful+Gould is also advising the Council on the merger of the existing Lowfields and Oaklands Secondary Schools under a framework agreement and it is confident this latest contract win will further strengthen the relationship, according to Chris Shaw, who is managing the delivery of Faithful+Gould’s cost management services. He said:

"We are delighted to have this opportunity to work with the Council on this latest scheme. Although it is in the early stages and still has some way to go, it is a good example of sustainability. We have a dual role to play one which will ensure the financial health of the project and the other to assess the building for its BREEAM rating which is expected to be very good."

Speaking on behalf of the City of York Council, Ian Asher added:

"The Council is making a significant investment in the project which will benefit not only the school and its students but the wider community. When undertaking a project of this size it is important that we employ a team of professionals who will work on our behalf to ensure the project is carried out within budget and meets with the Government’s targets in relation to sustainability. I believe by appointing Faithful+Gould and architects Wm Saunders Partnership, we have the right team on board."

Once a successful planning outcome has been reached, it is anticipated that contractors Clugston Construction will start on site in March 2008.

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