Nottingham BSF wins at PPF Awards

24 May 2010

Nottingham BSF picked up two awards at the 2010 Public Private Finance Awards recently – the ‘Best Education Project’ category and the overall ‘Grand Prix’ prize.

Capita Symonds is providing strategic partnering, educational, building design and architectural services on the programme as part of its role in the inspiredspaces consortium led by leading support services and construction company Carillion. The consortium is working with the City Council and Partnership for Schools as part of the Local Education Partnership (LEP) which is overseeing the Nottingham BSF programme.

This is what the judges had to say –

Grand Prix

Nottingham City’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) project has achieved considerable success in a relatively short period of time. One week after financial close had been achieved, construction began on all of the sample projects to ensure they could be delivered as quickly as possible. The inspiredspaces Nottingham local education partnership (LEP) – comprising Carillion, Nottingham City Council and BSFi – developed the Southwark Primary exemplar project (below - designed by Capita Symonds) from a blank sheet of paper to financial close in just nine months. Furthermore, it took just eight months to reach financial close on the Nottingham Academy project.

Between being chosen as preferred bidder on the project and reaching financial close, the LEP worked closely with Nottingham City Council to develop three additional schools. The LEP delivered guaranteed minimum savings on these additional projects of £950,000 in capital expenditure, demonstrating excellent value for money.

As well as being quick to begin construction, the LEP worked closely with Nottingham City Council to ensure schools were developed to the highest environmental standards. All new-build schools are designed to run on bio-diesel combined heat & power technology, which will enable up to 70% of their energy requirements to be generated onsite from renewable sources.

The LEP has committed itself to enhancing pupils’ knowledge of environmental issues, making its sustainability initiatives available for use as educational resources wherever possible. This forms an important part of the Learning Programme established by the LEP, its supply chain and the council. The programme involves activities tailored to specific curriculum requirements, including helping young people reduce their energy consumption.

Developing a close relationship with the teachers and pupils at schools in Nottingham has also been an important part of the partnering approach undertaken by the LEP. Detailed consultations with staff helped the LEP understand how it could develop diverse teaching spaces that would assist their delivery of transformational education. Nottingham’s BSF has also demonstrated considerable flexibility for the future in its design and delivery of schools. Acoustic sliding walls, multiarrangement furniture and designing walls that can easily be removed all form part of the flexible solutions.

Developing a close relationship with the teachers and pupils at schools in Nottingham has... been an important part of the partnering approach undertaken by the LEP

Best Education Project

Nottingham City’s local education partnership (LEP) has demonstrated vision, excellence and close partnership.

The LEP will deliver over £300m of capital investment, focussed on improving the environmental credentials of the city’s school estate. The ecofriendly designs have included biodiesel combined heat and power plants for new schools, resulting in 70% of their energy being generated by renewable sources. The LEP and council have also worked in close partnership to deliver a Sustainability Excellence Model, aligning the design work of the LEP with the council’s environmental objectives.

The LEP and supply chain have also demonstrated real engagement with pupils at the schools through a Learning Programme. This sees activities tailored to specific curriculum requirements delivered to the schools by the LEP and its suppliers.

To date, the LEP has undertaken £130m of additional contracted work since financial close, including development of the UK’s largest academy school. Work has also begun on delivering Nottingham’s Primary Capital Programme, for example through making its environmental initiatives available for use as classroom materials.