We have been constructing schools since 1961 and continue to design and deliver exemplar primary, secondary, SEN and post-16 facilities across the UK. Over the last 10 years, we have successfully delivered circa £870m of Government-funded school projects, responding to changing budgets and tighter programmes, to provide new or improved learning environments for over 80,000 pupils.
In 2011, our innovative delivery of Campsmount Technology College in Doncaster was cited as ‘exemplary’ in the Sebastian James Review of Education Capital. Using our Adapt™ component-based design solution we achieved a 21% reduction in programme and 23% cost savings compared to Government-funded school projects of the time, setting the current standard for education specification across the UK.
We are a key partner for the Education & Skills Funding Agency (delivering schools through Central Government Frameworks for the last 10 years) and were recently reappointed to the North and South High Value Bands on the ESFA 2017 Construction Framework to deliver schools over the next four years.
Our Central Education Team leads our ESFA relationship and framework performance to ensure a consistent national service, driving excellence with continuous improvement to establish Wates as the ESFA’s long-term preferred partner.
We recently designed and delivered the largest single new build school project procured through the ESFA’s Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) Eastbrook Comprehensive an all-through school for 2,869 pupils. This formed part of a batch of three schools including primary, secondary and SEN (specialist Autistic Spectrum Disorder unit). For a flyover view of all three schools, click on the screen below.
We also deliver schools through a number of Regional and Local Authority Frameworks including the Scape Major Works UK Framework providing alternative routes to market to suit our customers funding and programme needs.
Under the Milton Keynes Framework, we recently completed new build, refurbishment and extension of seven primary and secondary schools, adding over 3,500 new pupil places to improve and enhance education provision for the Council. For a flyover view of schools delivered, click on the screen below.