Faithful+Gould Completes Northumberland’s £51 Million Academies Project

Alastair Chisholm
In partnership with Northumberland County Council, Faithful+Gould has assisted in the successful delivery of final stage works on the £51 million all-age, multi site Academies Project.

The team, which included Northumberland County Council, Faithful+Gould, Kier Construction and GB Building Solutions, worked in close collaboration to deliver the final building solution for The Northumberland Church of England Academy.

The project is the biggest, new single build school contract in the national academies’ framework and the first all-age academy on multiple sites in the UK.

The project is the biggest, new single build school contract in the national academies’ framework and the first all-age academy on multiple sites in the UK. It comprised the refurbishment of Thomas Bewick and James Knott schools in Ashington together with new schools for Grace Darling in Newbiggin by the Sea, William Leech in Lynemouth and most recently the Josephine Butler Campus in Ashington.

Funding for the project was received from a number of bodies including; Partnerships for Schools (PfS), Devolved Formula Capital (DFC), Revenue Contribution to Capital Outlay (RCCO) and Northumberland County Council themselves. Faithful+Gould as sole provider to the Council for Consultancy Services provided quantity surveying and project management support to the scheme, managing costs to ensure the schools were delivered within budget and on time.

Sue Aviston, project manager at Northumberland County Council, said: “The success of the completed schools creates a number of new opportunities for students and communities in the area. The team was a key element to the successful delivery of the all-age, multi site Academy Project, ensuring that works were completed within the allocated funding budget and completed on time.”

Redevelopment works, which started on site in May 2010, enabled the Council to upgrade and refresh their educational establishments providing high quality, modern facilities to educate 3,000 children from across communities in South East Northumberland.

Handover of the Josephine Butler Campus took place on the 02 March 2012 and marks the completion of a very successful project. The new school boasts Primary, Secondary and 6th Form education along with adapted facilities for SEN pupils.

Rory Wilson, chair of governors at The Northumberland Church of England Academy, said: "We are delighted to take possession of the new Josephine Butler Campus and look forward to welcoming our learners into this fantastic space. I also know that our staff are extremely excited to have the opportunity to work in such an impressive building and this wonderful facility matches our ambition for exceptional learning and teaching at the academy. I would also like to thank everyone involved in the project for their hard work in making the Josephine Butler Campus such a resounding success."

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