News from BSF Lanacshire: Miles Barter writes:
Five businesses in Lancashire and northwest England have won another £11 million of contracts in the first wave of the Lancashire Buildings Schools for the Future programme, bringing the total of new work awarded in the region to over £20 million.
The new contracts, for installation of mechanical and electrical fittings, have been awarded by Catalyst Lend Lease, Lancashire County Council’s long-term partner in the 10-year, £250 million BSF scheme. Two of the successful contractors, T. Jolly Services Ltd and James Mercer Group Ltd, come from Preston. The other contractors are Walsh Integrated Building Services, from Nelson, Bowker Ltd from Morecambe, and Farebrother Ltd, from Denton, near Manchester.
The contractors will be working on the Burnley Campus, Pendle Vale College and Shuttleworth College projects, which are scheduled to open in September 2008. One of the biggest contracts, for £2.5 million, has gone to T. Jolly Services Ltd of Preston, to supply and install all of the heating, ventilation domestic water and plumbing systems at Pendle Vale.
This includes many energy-saving technologies, including a Biomass boiler, fuelled by wood chips, ground source heat pumps, solar panels for domestic water heating, combined heat and power pumps to heat the swimming pool, rain water harvesting and a natural ventilator system for classrooms. All of these technologies will combine to make this new college one of the most energy efficient educational buildings in Britain.
George Jackson, managing director of T. Jolly said: “This is an important project for our company and we are proud to be a part of the construction team that will be delivering a high quality, energy efficient building that will benefit the local community and the environment for years to come.”
“Our policy is always to give construction and fit-out work to local contractors whenever possible,” said James Lasseter, Catalyst Lend Lease’s general manager for the Lancashire BSF programme. “It’s part of our pledge to help the county’s business community to benefit from this big investment in education.”
Marcus Johnstone, Lancashire County Council’s cabinet member for children and young people said: “This highly skilled electrical and mechanical work is at the heart of the county’s economy. I am delighted that our investment in a better education for the children of Burnley and Pendle is supporting employment across the county.”
The full building programme for the first wave of the BSF scheme involves seven colleges for 11 to 16-year-olds, a sixth form centre, four special schools, a primary school, a nursery school, a faith centre and a public library. All are scheduled for completion by 2010.