Faithful+Gould Wins Major Education Scheme in York

Dale Potts
The Leeds office of International cost and project management consultants, Faithful+Gould, has been appointed to advise City of York Council on a major school scheme valued at £8.9 million.

Faithful+Gould will provide the Council with quantity surveying services on York High School which will cater for 1,050 pupils following a new build extension and a major refurbishment.

Faithful+Gould has previously worked on projects for the Council under a framework agreement, but this stand alone project was won separately following a successful tender bid. On this occasion the Council’s own design team is responsible for the architectural and mechanical & electrical design aspects, while engineering consultancy, White Young Green will provide project management, structural engineering and planning supervision services.

Although still in design stages, the facility will be a great example of the very best in sustainable design, making the school more environmentally friendly. Special features currently being considered include the installation of a carbon neutral wood pellet boiler and rain water harvesting.

Speaking about this latest prestigious appointment, Faithful+Gould’s, quantity surveyor, Chris Shaw said:

"Our appointment to the Oaklands Secondary School project reinforces our position within the education sector and provides us with a further opportunity to strengthen our relationship with the City of York Council. With sustainable design and environmental issues key to any new development, a number of sustainable construction methods and measures are being included. The design team is targeted to achieve a BREEAM (BRE’s Environmental Assessment Method) rating of 'very good' for the project which will ensure the environmental impact and running costs of the school are minimised."

It is anticipated that a planning application will be submitted by the end of February and with a successful outcome in place, construction is expected to commence in summer 2007.

Ian Asher, City of York Council, added:

"Exciting times are ahead for everyone involved in this scheme. Due to the significance of the project it was important that the professional team appointed to advise the Council would provide us with a high level of service built on experience. In Faithful+Gould and our other project partners, we believe we have a highly experienced team on board.

“This combined experience, coupled with that of our in-house design team, will ensure that together we deliver a new facility which has been designed to meet the needs of teaching in the 21st Century while protecting the environment. The coming together of the two schools will have benefits not only for the staff and pupils but also the local community who will have access to a range of facilities, including the recently completed sports centre."

Construction partner, Clugstons has been appointed to the scheme which will take approximately 18 months to construct.