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Christ Church Halls Redevelopment

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Artists Impression of the new Hall Extension

 

Jeakins Weir has won a £1.9 million contract to extend a Church of England church building located in central Bedford.

The redevelopment of the church halls at Christ Church, Bedford is intended ‘’to create an expanded and enhanced ‘go to’ hub of community life, a place of welcome, care and encouragement, where we live to love God and others.’’

Jeakins Weir will demolish and replace the existing single storey hall with a new  two storey eco building. The existing church and main hall opened in 1958, with other adjustments made over the years. The existing church will be retained with the addition of the new multi-use hall extension, also containing an upper floor gallery area overlooking the entrance lobby, meeting rooms and a catering kitchen, among other facilitates.                                

Alistair Weir Managing Director of Jeakins Weir said: “Our work started in July and should be completed at the end of April 2017. At the end of the project, Christ Church will have a welcoming new entrance and much improved support facilities and meeting rooms for all those who use the church building.”

Jeakins Weir look forward to welcoming the Year 1 pupils from Castle Newnham School to the site in November for educational sessions on Health and Safety, as well as meeting the Considerate Constructors Scheme mascot, Ivor Goodsite.

Seven Simultaneous School Contract Completions

Jeakins Weir is reflecting on a particularly busy summer working on significant building and refurbishment projects in the extremely time-sensitive education sector.

It was onsite at seven schools across three different counties working simultaneously on over £10 million of contracts for four different clients. All seven projects were completed by the start of the autumn school term in early September.

The benefit of Jeakins Weir’s work is a large  quantity of new student places available across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

 

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(Henry Chichele Primary School)

Of the seven contracts completed, four were procured via the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) Intermediate Framework Agreement and three via the LGSS Framework.

Jeakins Weir has a four-year contract with empa, the Nottingham-based procurement organisation. LGSS is one of the largest public sector shared services ventures of its kind in the UK, wholly owned by Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire County Councils and Milton Keynes Council.

Alistair Weir, Managing Director of Jeakins Weir said: “The school summer holiday is one of our busiest period of the year.  July and August are firmly focussed on building and refurbishing schools and colleges. It is essential that our activity doesn’t disrupt lessons and so in many instance we have to be finished ready for the new academic year. We are delighted to have been able to have completed all seven schools on time and on budget.”

 

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(Roade Primary School)

The seven completed education sector projects are:

  1. Roade Primary School – £2m extension – Northamptonshire County Council – LGSS
  2. Moulton Primary School – £2.1m extension – Northamptonshire County Council – LGSS
  3. Henry Chichele Primary School – £2m extension – Northamptonshire County Council – LGSS
  4. Corby Primary Academy Nursery – £330k modular unit – Greenwood Academies – empa
  5. St Lukes Primary School – £570k modular unit – Leicestershire County Council – empa
  6. Oxley Primary School – £430k modular unit – Leicestershire County Council – empa
  7. Kineton High School – £2.6m extension – Warwickshire County Council – empa

Science Boost for Prince William

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pHp Architects impression of the new Science Block (right)

 

Jeakins Weir is building a new science block at Prince William School in Oundle for Northamptonshire County Council (NCC). The £3.6 million contract is expected to be completed in January 2018.

Prince William School is a large secondary school and sixth form. It was built in 1971 and is named in honour of Prince William of Gloucester whose family home, Barnwell Manor, is a few miles away from Oundle. Jeakins Weir has been responsible for several other building works at the school during the past 30 years.

Prince William School is the fourth Northamptonshire school with Jeakins Weir builders on site – the others being Roade Primary School, Moulton Primary School and Henry Chichele Primary School in Higham Ferrers.

 

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Prince William School students and Head Teacher on site where the new extension will be

 

National Apprenticeship Week

Jeakins Weir and Harborough District Council recognised National Apprenticeship Week in March by giving valuable career advice to a bricklaying apprentice working on one of their  sites.

17-year old Gareth Lewis-Parker is undertaking a bricklaying apprenticeship at Moulton College in Higham Ferrers via Gladstone Construction Civil engineering. Gladstone Construction is a long-time subcontractor to Jeakins Weir. Gareth has completed six months of a two year NVQ2 bricklaying course. 

 

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Apprentice, Gareth (left) and Site Manager Tom Coady (right)

 

Gareth is one of the team helping to convert disused garages in Great Glen belonging to Harborough District Council into four, two-bed semi-detached houses.

Jeakins Weir’s site manager in Great Glen, Tom Coady, (above right) is a former apprentice bricklayer and also studied at Moulton College. Tom was able to talk to Gareth about making the most of his apprenticeship and a career in site management.

Business Partners Compete At Football

 

The company football team has been in recent action competing against two regional architect firms.

In November Jeakins Weir and GSS Architecture battled to a 1-1 draw at Tresham College, Kettering (pictured below). GSS has its Head Office in Kettering.

 

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In December the opponents were pHp Architects in a game that Jeakins Weir won 1-0. The friendly match was played at Lodge Park Sports Centre in Corby on an all-weather pitch.

pHp is based in Northampton. It is currently working with Jeakins Weir at Kings Cliffe Primary School, Moulton Primary School, Henry Chichele Primary School, and Roade Primary School.

 

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These friendly football matches enable staff to get to know each other better and also recognises the value of close business partnerships.  

Ian Dennett, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Jeakins Weir, says: “We have enjoyed coming together as a company and competing against consultants with whom we work on a day-to-day basis in a friendly but competitive environment. The standard has been surprisingly good and we are pleased to be undefeated so far! Hopefully there will be a few more games in 2017.”

 

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Photo from Left to Right top:

Leigh Mitchell Site Manager, Piers Benham Asst. Site Manager, David Barkby Multi Trades Operative, Phil Bluck Quantity Surveyor, Tony Robinson Preconstruction and Cost Manager, Joel Cox Contracts Manager

L-R bottom row:

Steve Cummins Ops Supervisor, David Sinclair Assistant Quantity Surveyor, Andy Rich Contracts Manager, Ian Dennett Senior Quantity Surveyor

Pupil Places Increase In East Midlands

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The benefit of the many building projects is a large increase – thought to number several thousand pupils – in the quantity of new student places available across the three counties.

Of the 14 contracts, six were procured via the Northamptonshire County Council Framework, seven via the empa Intermediate Framework Agreement and one directly (Moulton School and Science College)

 

Completed extensions and/or refurbishments projects:

Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) – Oundle C of E Primary School, Oakway Academy, Wellingborough

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) – St Michaels C of E Primary School, Barford St Peters CE (VA) Primary School

Leicestershire County Council (LCC) – Greenfield Primary School

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Oakway Academy

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Oundle Primary School

 

Currently on site

NCC – Kings Cliffe Endowed Primary School (new build), Henry Chichele Primary School, Roade Primary School, Moulton Primary School

WCC – All Saints Primary School in Nuneaton, Coleshill Primary School

LCC – Ratby Primary School, Hathern Primary School

 

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All Saints Primary School