Construction Starts on Bede Academy

Dale Potts
Construction has started on site for the £38 million Bede Academy in Northumberland, on which Faithful+Gould has been carrying out the full range of cost consultancy services.

Building upon an already substantial national portfolio of high profile education projects, Faithful+Gould has reached the post contractual stage of the educational academy on behalf of The Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

Following an OJEU tendering procedure back in 2007, Faithful+Gould was selected from The Emmanuel Schools Foundation framework to carry out cost consultancy services on the prestigious Bede Academy in Blyth. This followed successful completion of the £22 million Kings Academy in Middlesbrough and £26 million Trinity Academy in Doncaster, both projects for The Emmanuel Schools Foundation.

The scheme, which will see a new all-age academy catering for pupils between the ages of 3 and 18, is being developed over three sites:

  • The Former Ridley High School site will be the location of the £28 million secondary school for pupils aged between 11 and 16. It will boast 1,150 places and is due to open in September 2009 specialising in Engineering and Enterprise.
  • A £10 million primary school housing students aged between 3 and 11 will be built on the site of the existing South Beach First School. It will provide 630 places and will also open in September 2009.
  • Due to the restricted size of the Former Ridley High School site, an element of the sports provision for the academy will be based on this site with the remainder located on the current Delaval School site. The Delaval school is due to close and be demolished in summer 2010.
Steel work erection marks the start of construction on site for the £38 million Bede Academy in Northumberland
Steel work erection marks the start of construction on site for the £38 million Bede Academy in Northumberland

Currently nearing completion on the £38 million Excelsior Academy, which will be one of the largest schools in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, managing surveyor Ewan Peacock said:

"Faithful+Gould has been involved in Bede Academy since inception. We carried out initial estimates, produced cost plans, agreed the budget with the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) and have managed the procurement process.

"Going forward during the construction phase of the works, Faithful+Gould’s post contractual duties will see us continuing to manage the scheme’s costs by producing monthly cost reports, cash flow forecasts and interim valuations as well as managing capital expenditure and providing advice on life cycle costs.

"We have a proven track record in the delivery of education schemes across the North East and Bede Academy is the latest addition to our project portfolio. We are proud to be working as a key member of a successful multi-discipline project team operating under an innovative partnering agreement providing our core cost consultancy services and also challenging ourselves and the other project team members to ensure our client achieves best value."

During the project Faithful+Gould will be building upon its longstanding relationship with Durham based consultants Howarth Litchfield Partnership and Cundall’s.

Mark Boyers, Project Manager from The Emmanuel Schools Foundation, said:

"We have built up a well established working relationship with the Faithful+Gould team over the past seven years and they have consistently delivered high profile education schemes on time and to budget.

"Bede Academy is a major step forward in Blyth’s regeneration efforts and it will also contribute to driving up students’ educational standards. I am looking forward to working with Faithful+Gould during the construction phase of the project and can’t wait to see the finished results."

Faithful+Gould was recently recognised for its integration and collaborative working for phase one of Bishop Auckland College in the 2008 North East Constructing Excellence Awards.