Britain’s top 24 universities are spending more than £9bn on construction work over the next four years...

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Economic research carried out by BiGGAR Economics looked at planned spending by the 24 Russell Group Universities between 2012/13 and 2016/17. The amount they are building is on a similar scale to the amount spent on the 2012 Olympics or the government’s current railway investment programme.

The key findings of the report are that over a 25 year period capital investment by Russell Group universities is expected to generate gross value added (GVA) with a current value of £44.3bn for the UK economy. This includes £8.2bn of short-term impacts relating to construction and fit-out, £10.1bn longer-term operational benefits and £26.0bn of wider catalytic impacts stimulated by activities in the new facilities.

These projects are expected to support more than 98,500 UK jobs. This will include around 37,800 temporary jobs during the five-year construction period, around 45,000 permanent operational jobs and almost 15,700 permanent jobs supported by the wider catalytic impact of the activity undertaken in the new facilities. View full article...

Government Requires BIM Construction Procurement for UK Public Projects by 2016

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Across the pond, a revolution in construction procurement and supply chain logistics is happening with a goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and unlocking process efficiencies that can create better buildings and better-followed budgets.
Under the leadership of Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, the UK Government is implementing a construction strategy that states 3D Building Information Modeling will be a key part of the government’s procurement of public buildings and, by 2016 model-based BIM will be mandatory on all public sector projects, including delivery of all project and asset information, documentation and data. View full article...

St. Peter's Completes Early!

May 2014

St Peters Primary School under construction.

St Peter's RC Primary School was handed over to the school on Thursday 22 May, two and a half weeks ahead of programme and on cost.
The project was for two new classrooms and a studio extension to the existing school, including extensive external works, allowing the school to expand to 420 pupils.
The extension is visible driving out of Winchester on the Romsey Road, opposite the new Pitt Manor Housing development.
Congratulations to the team!


Merton Infant and Junior School Gets The Green Light

May 2014

St Peters Primary School under construction.

Detailed design work is now underway to expand Merton Infant and Junior Schools in Popley, Basingstoke.
The scheme recently received unanimous approval at the April Planning Regulatory Committee.
The school’s catchment area incorporates the Merton Rise development, which has been the main catalyst for the expansion.
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Wellington Gains Planning Approval

May 2014

Wellington Primary School The expansion scheme for Wellington Primary school in Aldershot received planning permission this month. The project is for a six classroom extension with community room, additional parking and new landscaping.




Berewood Primary School (WoW) update

April 2014

Berewood Primary School under construction.

Work is well under way on building Berewood Primary School which will be at the centre of the new 3,000-home development to the west of Waterlooville.
The school is being sponsored by the University of Chichester Academy Trust and will be part of its Multi-Academy Trust – a group of around 40 academies being developed by the university in the region.
The academy is due to open in September. Click here to read article...


St John's Soft Landing

31 March 2014

A view of St John's Primary. St Johns CE Primary School in Reading achieved completion this month. The project expands the existing 1FE (210 place) primary school to two forms of entry with a new teaching block and extensive remodelling and refurbishment of the existing school.The scheme is also one of the first nationally to implement a Soft Landings approach for all project stages. It uses a fabric first Passivhaus approach that is highly insulated, with high levels of air tightness, and natural stack ventilation system with heat recovery.Click here to find out more about Soft Landings. (Opens in a new Window)


Expansion in All Directions in Hampshire

18 March 2014

Artist's impression of South Farnborough Junior School.

Hampshire schools are set to share in just under £23million worth of new high quality learning spaces.
Amongst the School to benefit:


Cost Benchmarking

7 February 2014

The Property Services Cluster undertakes continual cost benchmarking work and have decided to adopt the cost benchmarking spreadsheet template, which is also being used to collect data from all local authorities nationally through the LGA and EBDOG. It is hoped that a significant dataset can be obtained. The data that is collected will also be used to support wider analysis in future publications of the Cabinet Office Cost and Data Benchmarking Task Group. Attached is a link to the most recent publication of this work for your information:


Expansion at Calthorpe Park

26 November 2013

Calthorpe Park School HCC Property Services have shared plans to expand Fleet’s Calthorpe Park School. It follows months of consultation with school governors, staff, parents, pupils and local councillors. The secondary school currently has around 1,100 pupils on its roll but if planning permission is approved it will be able to cater for a total of 1,420.
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'Be Part of Something Bigger'

Property Services Cluster Event - 4 October 2013

Atendees at the third Cluster event The third Cluster Event was held in October, bringing together the programme and project teams.The four contractors delivering the projects were also there. The Event celebrated the success of the joint working to date and provided a great opportunity to share learning. A key objective for the Event was to bring a sense of scale to the Programme and highlight that everyone was both part of it and key to its success. The Event celebrated the fact that by the end of 2013 the Programme will have created nearly 10,000 additional school places. It’s a big programme, about £220m (total value) with nearly 50 projects in it. This has provided an opportunity to develop common approaches to Primary School design, building on extensive experience and enabling new models to be tested. Click here to read more...