Sunderland School Benefits From Specialist Expertise

Dale Potts
Faithful+Gould has recently embarked on a project to improve the sporting facilities at Thornhill School Business & Enterprise College in Sunderland.

The Teesside office of international project management and cost consultants Faithful+Gould has recently embarked on a project to significantly improve the sporting facilities at a north east school.

The scheme, which will be undertaken at Thornhill School Business & Enterprise College in Sunderland, will see a 730m² new sports hall built on the school’s central city site. This new sporting provision will create a much needed indoor sporting facility both the school and the community.

Working for the City of Sunderland and Thornhill School, Faithful+Gould is undertaking a quantity surveying role on the £1 200,000 project which commenced on site on the 16th January 2006.

Faithful+Gould’s pre contractual duties included the provision of several development budget cost estimates to allow funding for the project to be secured, compiling and issuing tender documentation, analysing tender returns and producing tender reports.

Its post contractual obligations will comprise carrying out monthly valuation assessments, assessing the cost of any contract variations, the drafting and issuing of monthly cost reports for the client and agreeing the final account with the contractor.

Project quantity surveyor James Knox said, "We were delighted to be appointed to this project having already helped the School create a new business centre in the recent past. We are utilising our wealth of experience in the education sector to bring this project in on time and to budget for the benefit of both the school and the local community. The professional team have had to consider several different options and layouts to accommodate the site constraints and the funding streams available. As the school needed the project to finish in August 2006 in time for the start of the new academic year, we have had to stick rigidly to the particularly tight timescale for the tender process. It is imperative that there is no slippage within the contract programme."

Faithful+Gould started work on the project in 2004. Two years and several design options later, construction has started on site and the project is expected to be handed over in August 2006.

John Hallworth, headteacher of Thornhill School, said: "All pupils at Thornhill will benefit from this new sports facility which will provide an environment in which they can exercise even in inclement weather, something which is currently a difficulty. Our pupils, staff and parents are all very excited about this superb addition to our school and we are eagerly awaiting its opening day in August"

With a good reputation for its pupils sporting abilities, Thornhill School has recently received the Sports Mark Award from Sport England due to the high proportion of pupils involved in extra curricular sport. It has also been awarded an FA Charter Mark for its pupils' football prowess.