Wates wins race to pilot fast-track school project

Aaron Morby 14 years ago
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Wates Construction has beaten Sir Robert McAlpine in the race to test fast-track construction techniques on the £10m project to build Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster.

The scheme to rebuild the fire destroyed college will test some of the changes suggested by the Sebastian James report into schools procurement.

School children have been housed in temporary accommodation since March, raising the pressure to get a new school up and running in record time.

Despite school spending cuts, the Government decided that Campsmount would rise from the ashes and be used as a pilot scheme to test some of the areas being explored as part of the Department for Education’s ongoing Capital Review.

Ten companies registered on the Partnerships for Schools Contractors’ Framework expressed an interest in the project, before this was narrowed down to Sir Robert McAlpine and Wates Construction.

This stage of the procurement process was completed in less than 12 weeks or half the normal time.

A detailed planning application is due to be submitted in December and, subject to planning approval and the signing of contracts with Wates, the 12-month build programme is expected to start in February 2011.

Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “To get to this stage so quickly is testament to the work undertaken by the council’s school rebuilding team and the school.

“The Government gave us the opportunity to show how effective we can be in delivering significant projects in a much reduced time frame and I am delighted we are right on track. This is great news for Campsmount.”

Andrew Sprakes, headteacher at Campsmount Technology College said: “We are delighted that all our hard work has paid off and we are now in a superb position to move forward with the new school building that our students, staff and community so richly deserve.”

David Price, Business Unit Manager, Wates Construction North East said: “The determination in the face of adversity shown by Andrew Sprakes and his team inspired us to design a truly inspirational new learning environment to raise the aspirations and achievements of generations of young people.

“We look forward to working with the council’s school rebuilding team and the school to turn these visions into reality.”

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