Faithful+Gould Update Leading College

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould is celebrating their start on site at Bishop Auckland College in County Durham.

Two of the north east’s most prominent companies operating within the construction sector have, yet again, joined forces on a flagship education project.

The Teesside office of international project management and cost consultants, Faithful+Gould, and building contractor SURGO Construction are celebrating the start on site at Bishop Auckland College in County Durham.

Working for the College as part of a design team lead by Architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership and Engineers Cudall, Faithful+Gould has been appointed as quantity surveyor to Phase One of the two phase scheme whilst SURGO Construction is the contractor on the project.

Phase One of the development, which is valued at £17.3 million will comprise the demolition of part of the existing Bishop Auckland College, construction of a new three storey college building and the creation of new car parking and landscaped areas.

Faithful+Gould’s pre-contractual duties included the drafting and issuing of the OJEU notice for the selection of the contractor, pre-qualification questionnaires and tender documents. It also assisted with the selection of the contractor, drafted all contract documentation, carried out final interviews and provided initial cost estimates and cost plans to secure the funding requirements of the College. Its role also extended to cover cost advice to the design team to assist with the scheme design within the budget restraints and agreement of the target construction value with the partnering contractor.

Gary Marshall, associate director of Faithful+Gould, said: "We are delighted to be working with Bishop Auckland College. The project has presented some challenges to our team so we have executed careful project planning which has made it possible for construction work to be carried out at the same time on the College campus with minimal disruption to Students and Staff."

The construction work for Phase One will be undertaken at the Woodhouse Lane campus after the College obtained a capital grant from the Learning & Skills Council (LSC) to fund the £17.3 million development. The structurally steel framed building will have brick and block external walls, aluminium windows, standing seam and a single ply membrane roof and will include electrical and mechanical installations.

Jeff Alexander, business development manager with SURGO Construction, said: "This is yet another impressive educational project for our team. Over the past 12 months we have continued to grow our expertise in the sector, particularly with live sites. Here again, we are being required to operate in close proximity to the existing college and ensure our work causes minimal disruption to both staff and students. I am confident that we will be able to achieve this."

The new educational facility will be available for occupancy in summer 2007 ready for the start of the new academic year with the remainder of Phase One expected to be completed in December 2007. The new development will include new teaching and learning accommodation, centres for vocational excellence in childcare, adult and social care, library, and learning and resource centre. State of the art ICT and multi media facilities will also be provided

Joanna Tait, principal and chief executive of Bishop Auckland College, said: "This landmark development is the first move towards high quality teaching and learning facilities that will take the College into the 21st century, serving the educational needs of the communities of South and West Durham."

Making up a design team consortium, Faithful+Gould and SURGO Construction are working with Howarth Litchfield Partnership who are providing an architectural, project management and planning supervisory role. This is the same project team that drove the successful completion of both the Kings Academy at Coulby Newham, Teesside and the recently completed Trinity Academy in Doncaster, for EC Education Services.