New Build Update
Update April 2016
Morgan Sindall arrived on site on Monday 14 March 2016. For the first 3 weeks they were busy setting up temporary site accommodation and fencing off their construction site. Their site compound is in the car park to the north of our school boundary, next to the Oracle building. For the duration of the build the conservatory entrance will not be available for students, staff or visitors to use. However, alternative entrances and routes around the school are signposted. An alternative safe storage for bicycles has been provided between the DT and Maths blocks. The fields are once again available for the school community to use.
Since the beginning of April work has been taking place to secure the foundations of our new buildings. The haul road and piling mat to the main building and sports hall are complete and work has begun on the concrete piles so that the foundations can be laid during May.
We have had a meeting with Jill Roberts who is the Education Support Officer for Morgan Sindall. She will support us with:
- Escorted site visits for small groups of our pupils.
- Escorted site visits for pupils from Marton Primary Academy and St Cuthbert’s.
- Work placements for 14-16 year olds with an interest in the construction industry.
- Visits to school by Architects, Quantity Surveyors and Project Managers to discuss careers with any interested pupils. They are also willing to conduct mock interviews etc.
- Invitations to interested pupils to attend design meetings to observe the work of Architects and Designers.
- Morgan Sindall Graphic Designers assisting our pupils to produce newsletters giving updates of how the build is progressing.
- Extended reports for the website, BFET newsletters etc.
- A Morgan Sindall stand with inter-active activities for careers/options evenings and events.
- Small group site visits by e.g. Student Council/Parliament for a question and answer session with the Site Manager, which they can then report back to the rest of the school in assemblies and/or form time. These could take place at monthly/half termly intervals allowing everyone to understand progress being made.
- At a later date, once it is possible to enter the new building, a whole day visit so that all staff can visit the site in small groups.
- Prizes if we wish to run a competition e.g. to produce a 3D model of the new build.
- A visit to their steel providers by a small group of pupils, where they will be able to sign the steel girders which will be used in our build.
- Provision of the time capsule - we need to decide what we want to put in it.
- A very small group of pupils to visit the site on a weekly basis for a progress photo session.
- All the above to be communicated with local media for maximum publicity.
It is anticipated that all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to visit the site over the duration of the build and the first of these weekly visits took place on Thursday morning, 28 April 2016.
The Art department are organising a competition for both pupils of South Shore Academy and local primary schools. The winning designs will be painted on the hoardings surrounding the construction site with paint donated by Morgan Sindall.
South Shore Academy – Priority Schools Building Programme
South Shore Academy has been allocated a new school building through the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP). The builders are Morgan Sindall and the project is a Private Finance Initiative (PFI).
What is the PSBP?
The Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) is a government initiative to address the needs of the schools most in need of urgent repair. Through the programme, 260 schools will be rebuilt or have their condition needs met by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The first school was opened in May 2014.
South Shore Academy is in a North West Private Finance batch which was open to bids from any construction organisation. The Private Finance batches follow the ‘Design, Build, Finance and Operate’ delivery model with an operational period generally of 25 years.
What is a PFI?
A private finance initiative (PFI) is a method of providing funds for major capital investments where private firms are contracted to complete and manage public projects. Under a private finance initiative the private company, instead of the government, handles the up-front costs. These contracts are typically given to construction firms and can last 25 years or longer. In our case, the building will be leased to South Shore Academy and we will make annual rental payments to Morgan Sindall.
Morgan Sindall will arrive on site on Monday 14 March 2016. For the first 3 weeks they will be setting up their offices and fencing off their construction site. Their site compound will take over the car park to the north of our school boundary, next to the Oracle building. For the duration of the build the conservatory entrance will not be available for students, staff or visitors to use. However, alternative entrances and routes around the school will be signposted.
Our build is scheduled for completion by August 2017. From September 2017 we will be occupying our new teaching and learning spaces – exciting times ahead!