Architects unveiled for £1bn BSF contract
Nicholas Hare Architects, Bryant Harvey Partnership and Haverstock Associates have been revealed as the architects on the Skanksa-led preferred bid for Essex’s £1 billion BSF programme
The Swedish contractor beat Carillion to the mammoth job that will see 80 secondary schools in the county rebuilt or refurbished over 15 years.
Essex’s contract is one of the biggest jobs to go through the £55bn BSF programme, along with Birmingham and Kent.
Work on the first schools in the programme – The Cornelius Vermuyden School & Arts College and the Castle View School (to be designed by Nicholas Hare), Pioneer School in Basildon (by Bryant Harvey), and Columbus School and College in Chelmsford (by Haverstock) – is due to be completed by January 2012.
The contract for the first four schools on the programme will have a construction value of £70 million.
Nicholas Hare Architects’ ‘beautifully executed’ Joseph Chamberlain College in Birmingham won last year’s RIBA/LSC Further Education Building Design Excellence Award (2009). The scheme was hailed by the judges as an ‘exemplar in the making for the Building Colleges for the Future programme’ – and potentially also for BSF – after being named overall winner in the prestigious annual contest, which is backed by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), the RIBA and the AJ.