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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.




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



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


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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Spinney Hill Progress Update

A dozen homes are now fully occupied at ‘Spinney Hill’ on the south side of Oakham, Leicestershire.

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Jeakins Weir is building a total of 102 homes for developer Honwood Homes. All the houses are eco friendly and use responsibly resourced materials. They are being built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. Each house has an air to water heat pump operating the central heating system and the hot water. 



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Alistair Weir, Managing Director of Jeakins Weir said: “These twelve new homeowners at Spinney Hill are benefiting from generous floor to ceiling heights, under floor heating in all downstairs rooms, good sized gardens, high quality timber windows and doors, and high specification kitchens and bathrooms. We are proud to be building these new eco houses for Honwood Homes.”

Building work at Spinney Hill on Uppingham Road, Oakham, is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. 


The Rowan (above and below)




For more information on the homes available at Spinney Hill, please go to the Honwood Homes website:


Flying High for WNAA

Air ambulance profits from race night

Jeakins Weir has supported an evening of horse racing to raise vital funds for the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance (WNAA). The event at Irchester Sports Club near Wellingborough raised £3,590. Jeakins Weir sponsored the event by paying for the horse racing and betting equipment and fees.



Pictured left to right: Contracts Manager James Banaszak; Site Manager Mark Elliott; Tina Tebbes; Site Manager Ashley Mann.

Jeakins Weir Site Manager Mark Elliott explains: “ The evening was held in memory of Janet Smith who sadly passed away recently. Janet had spent the past 10 years raising money for WNAA. My sister Tina Tebbes had become close friends with Janet, and both of them were always thinking of ideas to raise awareness and money for WNAA.”

WNAA operates from Coventry Airport and attends 1,000 incidents per year. The helicopter provides the best possible pre-hospital care and rapid transport to specialist hospitals, to those suffering serious injury and illness. WNAA receive no Government funding, relying solely on donations.

James Banaszak, Ashley Mann and Mark Elliott from Jeakins Weir won the final horse race of the evening and kindly donated their winnings to WNAA thereby increasing the total of funds raised.

A Jeakins Weir organised bowling evening in March raised £2,000 for WNAA.