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BSF schemes scoop PfS Excellence in BSF Awards

13 November 2009

Capita Symonds is involved in four projects that have scooped awards at the Partnerships for Schools’ (PfS) Excellence in BSF Awards last night.

The Awards celebrate achievement across all areas of the national Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme which will help improve the life chances of 3.3m young people a year.

A panel of expert judges, including representatives from the design community, construction industry, educationalists, students and BSF delivery partners, selected the best projects in 18 categories.

The winning projects were –

1) Education for All Award: Lancashire County Council for Pendle Vale College and Pendle High School

The £29m Pendle Vale College and Pendle Vale High School site (pictured above) in Nelson brings together two schools under one roof with the aim of achieving greater integration between the two. The sloping site has been used to create a new local landmark with a building that rises in tiers to four storeys and is capped by a sweeping roofline. Sports pitches and indoor sports resources are all built to Sports England standards to support the school's aims to achieve specialist sports college status.

Capita Symonds provided lead consultant, architecture, education services, cost management, structural engineering, landscape design, DDA, fire and acoustics services on the project as part of the Catalyst Lend Lease consortium which is delivering the Lancashire BSF scheme with Lancashire County Council.

2) Community Hub Award: Catalyst Lend Lease for Burnley Campus, Lancashire

The £31m Burnley Campus contains schools for both sixth form and primary students; a 50-place nursery and children's centre; a library and faith centre; all-weather sports pitches; fitness centre; climbing wall; sports hall; and hydrotherapy pool.

Capita Symonds provided lead consultant, education services, cost management, structural engineering, landscape design, DDA, fire and acoustics services on the project which is also part of Lancashire BSF.

3) Buildings Beyond Schools Award: inspiredspaces STaG LEP for Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Tyneside and Gateshead

Capita Symonds is a member of the inspiredspaces consortium which is part of the Local Education Partnership (LEP) overseeing the BSF programme along with Partnerships for Schools, South Tyneside and Gateshead Councils, and Royal Bank of Scotland.

The company is providing full multidisciplinary design services from offices in Durham, Carlisle and Glasgow on the Thomas Hepburn Community and Heworth Grange Comprehensive Schools in Gateshead.

4) Local Education Partnership of the Year: inspiredspaces Nottingham Ltd

Capita Symonds is part of the ‘inspiredspaces’ consortium that is playing an integral role in Nottingham City Council's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme. Eight schools are being delivered in the current wave of the programme, primarily through new build but also via refurbishment and remodelling programmes.

The company is providing strategic partnering, educational, building design and architectural services on the programme.

Big Wood School

Capita Symonds' architecture division Capita Architecture was also shortlisted under the 'Best Design for a New School' (Big Wood School, Nottingham - pictured above) and 'Best Design for a Remodelled School' (Hadden Park High School, Nottingham) categories - both schemes part of Nottingham BSF.

For the full list of Excellence in BSF Award winners visit the PfS website