'The 17 school, £400M Hull BSF programme will transform learning across Hull, whilst embracing and enhancing the needs of the individual learner, local communities and the city's social and economic infrastructure'
The Esteem consortium, comprising Robertson Capital Projects, Morgan Sindall Investments and the Sewell Group will oversee the delivery of this 17 school programme to provide a city-wide approach to renewing the whole of its secondary and special needs school estate by 2015.
Esteem joined Hull City Council and Partnerships for Schools (via Building Schools for the Future Investments) to form a Local Education Partnership (LEP) focused on driving forward a range of long term best value partnering initiatives.
Hull's BSF investment programme will use both capital and PFI funding to deliver:
• 7 special needs schools
• 3 community schools
• 3 non-catchment voluntary aided schools
• 2 new academies
• 1 Pathfinder Trust school
• 1 one co-located community secondary and special needs school
• a complete overhaul of the information and communications technology (ICT) facilities at all schools and units
The programme will be phased and delivered in 3 tranches:
1) Sample Schools - 3 Schools.
2) Phase 1 - 6 Schools
3) Phase 2 - 8 Schools
Seven of the nine community secondary schools will be new buildings with a programme of major remodelling for all the others. Each new school or "learning centre" will also become central to its own community, incorporating flexible spaces for community use. The programme will also deliver significant ICT investment across all secondary schools in the city.
The full design and build supply chain comprises 4 individual contractors. Morgan Ashurst and Sewell Construction will lead the build programme with local construction support from Hobson & Porter, and Houlton. Each school has a nominated contractor as part of the 4 year development programme.
The LEP through Robertson FM with support from Sewell Group will also deliver hard facilities management (with the potential to extend to soft facilities management) services and a single Information and Communications Technology management service across the school estate.
Construction work began in February 2010 with the first new school scheduled to be open by September 2011. All tranches will be complete by January 2014.