Morgan Sindall has finished the last four batches of school renovations and rebuilds that have been constructed under the Education Funding Agency Priorities School Building Programme.
Designers used level two Building Information Modelling (BIM) to design the schools which allowed different disciplines to be involved when designing and constructing the schools. This allowed information about the project to be shared considerably easier.
The four schools which got this rebuild were Blacon High and Dee Point Primary in Chester, Bedford Drive Primary in Wirral and Plymouth Grove Primary in Manchester. The School Building Programme aimed to provide modern and up to date facilities to schools which were in urgent need of renovation, replacement and repair.
These four new schools that faced the upgrade via Building Information Modelling where part of a multitude of new schools from the PSBP North West batch. Overall a total of 12 schools were part of this from Chester, Merseyside, Blackpool, Stockport, Wigan and Manchester. Through the national PSBP programme 261 schools have been either rebuilt or refurbished to meet standards set by the EFA. The first school as part of this programme was completed in 2014, all schools in this programmes will be completed by the end of 2018
Every time a new school is built it will be developed on pre-existing school boundaries to ensure that schools are able to remain operational over this time. Once the build is completed the school is simply transferred from one building into the other, and the old building will subsequently be demolished.
With the recent handovers it takes the total number of successfully delivered schools in the North West from PSBP to seven. With JH Godwin Primary School in Chester, Bridge Hall Primary School in Stockport and Halebank Primary School in Halton all being handed over earlier this year.
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