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Capita Symonds appointed on Nottingham BSF

31 January 2008

Capita Symonds is part of the ‘inspiredspaces’ consortium selected as preferred bidder for Nottingham City Council’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.

Capita Symonds will be providing partnering, educational and building design services on the projects, with its design division Capita Architecture providing architectural services.

The inspiredspaces consortium – led by support services and construction company Carillion – has been chosen to join the City Council and Partnership for Schools, via Building Schools for the Future Investments (BSFI), to form the Local Education Partnership (LEP) which will oversee the project.

The LEP will deliver eight schools in the current wave of the BSF programme, primarily through new build with some refurbishment and remodelling. In addition, there are also plans to provide three Academy Schools - all through new build.

The initial plans include construction of a new secondary school in the north of the city (Big Wood), plus the remodelling and refurbishment of Hadden Park High secondary school, alongside a new Special Educational Needs Centre of Excellence on the same site. Work is due to take place over two phases, beginning in mid-2008, with all currently-planned construction works scheduled to be completed by the end of 2010.

The LEP will also deliver further new schools for Nottingham City Council in subsequent waves of the BSF programme and may deliver other community and regeneration projects, subject to receiving the necessary approvals.

Chris Nelhams, Strategic Business Development Director, Capita Symonds, said: “We are delighted to be part of the Inspired Spaces consortium on this exciting project. We are confident that the programme will be of massive benefit to the people of Nottingham, providing the region with a truly exceptional educational infrastructure for generations to come.”

Rob Firth, Head of Capita Architecture, said: “The Capita Architecture team has already worked on a number of groundbreaking and award-winning sustainable school projects such as the Academy of St Francis of Assisi in Liverpool and the Howe Dell Primary School in Hertfordshire. As a result, we have a complete understanding of how to integrate the requirement of the new schools agenda with the essentials of practical, sustainable design. We’ll be working closely with other architects such as Evans Vettori to ensure that Nottingham has a series of sustainable schools and projects that will be the envy of the BSF programme.”

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “This is a major milestone for Building Schools for the Future. We asked our bidders to be ambitious in their proposals for Nottingham and to be as inspirational and imaginative as possible. We are confident that together the City Council and inspiredspaces can give Nottingham the most exciting 21st Century schools of which we can all be proud. We can now work with inspiredspaces to finalise the proposals for the partnership with a view to building work starting in the summer.”