Nailsea Community School Ahead of Schedule

Dale Potts
Construction at the new Nailsea Community School in North Somerset is five months ahead of schedule thanks to Faithful+Gould.

Faithful+Gould was appointed by North Somerset Council to act as project managers and technical advisors on the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project to design and create a new 1,500 pupil school. The Nailsea Community School is being constructed in the playing fields of the existing school, which is still operational, and is programmed for completion in Autumn 2009.

Faithful+Gould has been instrumental in securing funding for the project. Paul Gibbs of Faithful+Gould believes the school, which is being delivered under the Government’s One School Pathfinder scheme, is proving to be exceptional.

"We are ahead of programme and as a result North Somerset Council has extended our appointment to include project management throughout the entire scheme, as well as acting as employers’ representative.

"We’re currently five months into construction and overall ahead of schedule and on budget, which is an extremely good position to be in. We aim to keep this trend going throughout the development of the project."

Faithful+Gould already has a proven track record delivering Building Schools for the Future projects across the country.


An artist's impression of the exterior of the new Nailsea Community School in North Somerset


Andrew Covell of Faithful+Gould said: "The team, all of whom work for either Faithful+Gould or our parent company, Atkins, are able to draw on their vast experience from a number of current BSF projects, most notably those in Bristol and Islington. The majority of the team actually cut their BSF teeth on the Bristol scheme – the first BSF school to open in the country."

Jon Sealy, managing director of the Faithful+Gould’s West Region added: "The successful start to the Nailsea One School Pathfinder scheme demonstrates Faithful+Gould's ability to provide constructive expertise. It is especially pleasing that this project will help deliver a step change in education in our local area by providing modern, fit-for-purpose facilities that will allow for a positive change in the approach to learning and teaching.

"Our recent appointment by North Somerset Council to assist them in their application for further government funding to enable them to extend this to all other secondary schools in North Somerset is a real recognition of the work we have been doing.

"Following on from successful school projects in Plymouth and Bristol, this appointment reinforces our position as the pre-eminent provider of technical advisor services in the West."