School’s 21st Century Upgrade Comes Closer

Dale Potts
Continuing its involvement in the 21st Century upgrade of Richmond School, international project managers and cost consultants, Faithful+Gould together with multidisciplinary engineers, Atkins, have submitted the planning application and secured further contracts to deliver the £32million project.

This is welcome news for the two companies whose Leeds-based teams were awarded this further commission by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC), after thorough analysis of their bid on the basis of best value and cost effectiveness.

Initially £29.6 million of funding was provided for the project. However, NYCC's determination to have a truly sustainable education facility required additional funding from DfES to the tune of £2 million. Through its ability to show what can be achieved by good design and tight budgetary controls, Faithful+Gould was able to support NYCC in securing this additional amount.

For the next phase of the project, which will last three years, Faithful+Gould’s team will be involved in project management, quantity surveying and planning supervision. For its part, given its selection by the DfES to deliver a sustainable exemplar, the expertise of Atkins’ design team will be under the spotlight in translating its highly unique and innovative building concept into the finished product - one of three sustainable exemplars to be constructed in the UK.

Richmond School will push the boundaries by creating a building which not only meets the demanding education needs of the present day, but will also play its part in meeting social and environmental standards as set out by legislation and society to protect the planet – something everyone wants to see.

Atkins' design team has incorporated advanced design features in both the physical form of the building as well as by the inclusion of the latest technology in renewable energy to ensure it is energy efficient.

This latest commission, says Dave Reynolds, Faithful+Gould's national sustainability co-ordinator "is fantastic news not just for Faithful+Gould and Atkins but also for North Yorkshire County Council, a very forward thinking local authority, because we can now progress to the next stage in the scheme’s development – the selection and appointment of a contractor. With its outstanding design, the scheme has the potential to raise the standard of new build education facilities way beyond the norm. We are delighted to have been able to play a supporting role to get additional funding and now look forward to seeing the project through to completion."

Richard Allen, capital planning manager with North Yorkshire County Council, added: "Reaching this stage and submitting the planning application is a turning point in the scheme as it is starting to become a reality. This has been achieved through close collaboration with our project partners, Faithful+Gould and Atkins, and by extensive and continuous consultation and debate with the school’s board of governors and teaching staff to fine tune the design so that it is capable of producing a leading edge, sustainable facility for the 21st Century."

Faithful+Gould is targeting a 20% reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from the use of fossil fuels and grid supplied electricity and in order to do so, it will be necessary to install sophisticated multiple metering systems.

In addition to controlling the amount of energy used, these meters will allow the students to interface with the technology by reviewing the live consumption data they supply. They can then use this information to take any action that may be required to make further improvements for energy savings.