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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

Oakway 1

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



All Saints Primary School

Spinney Hill Progress Update

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

Martinsley Place

Martinsley Place

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. 



The Sycamore



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.


Work Underway At LOROS Hospice


Jeakins Weir has commenced a major building project at the LOROS Hospice site on Groby Road in Leicester. The £4.5 million contract is a multi phase extension with the aim of improving and updating the hospice’s facilities. Building work is expected to be completed by mid 2018. The hospice will remain fully operational throughout.

 On Monday 3rd October 2016, the official turf cutting ceremony took place, seeing a special appearance from Alan Birchenall, Leicester City ambassador and LOROS patron.



Photo: (L-R) Alistair Weir (Jeakins Weir Managing Director), LOROS staff, John Knight (LOROS Chief Exec) & Alan Birchenall (LCFC), LOROS staff


LOROS Hospice is a charity which each year cares for over 2,500 people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It delivers free, high-quality, compassionate care and support to terminally ill patients, their family and carers.

Jeakins Weir’s first job is the construction of a single-storey Professional Development Centre (pictured above) based on the grassed area adjacent to the LOROS hospice car park, as well as an extension to the Willows Wing. It will then refurbish and extend three separate single storey buildings comprising the Day Therapy and Outpatients Departments.


Artist Imp



Later phases will see Jeakins Weir altering and refurbishing the kitchen and dining courtyard and altering an existing staff office to make it open plan. There will also be changes to several car parks, as well as other external works and landscaping.


Jeakins Weir MD Alistair Weir said: “We are delighted to be working in the healthcare sector for such an important charity as LOROS. The hospice provides tremendous care and support to the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. It will be great to see how the site is transformed by the building and extension works. Our aim is to ensure any disruption is kept to an absolute minimum.” 


The architect is Hitchman Stone Partnership and LOROS’s project advisors are Edmond Shipway Construction Consultants.

Talking About Construction

Three Careers Talks In Northants Schools and Colleges


Moulton Careers Fair 1


Sophie Lindsay, Assistant Business Development Manager, visited Lodge Park Academy in Corby as part of the ‘Race To The Top’ project funded by Northamptonshire County Council. Sophie, a former pupil at the school, spoke to Year 10 students about accountancy, business management and careers for women in the construction industry.

Organiser Abbie Owens said: “Many of the Lodge Park students were inspired by Sophie’s journey and career path.”

Jeakins Weir was responsible for building the Lodge Park Academy ‘Zone’ area and canteen extension in 2014, below.


Lodge Park 4


Sophie Lindsay also took part in a recent ‘Higher Education Careers Fair’ at Moulton College in Northampton (with Russell Cory, Compliance Manager) and a ‘Construction Careers and Apprenticeship’ event (with Site Manager Tom Coady). The second event provided an opportunity for Jeakins Weir to collect applications for two new positions – a new apprentice/trainee site manager and a new quantity surveyor.

Peter Thom, Employer Engagement Officer at Moulton College, said: “Thank you so much to Jeakins Weir for being such a loyal supporter of our careers events and bringing such excellent career opportunities to the attention of our students.”

Jeakins Weir has strong links with Moulton College. Several of its Site and Contracts Managers studied there and Jeakins Weir was also responsible for rebuilding the college’s Higham Ferrers campus in 2006, below.



Three New Contracts for School Extensions

More Primary School Work in Northants

Jeakins Weir has won £6 million in new contracts with Northamptonshire County Council (NCC) to extend three primary schools. This brings the total number of NCC schools where it is currently on site or about to start work, to six.




Work has begun on two different extensions at Henry Chichele Primary School in Higham Ferrers. The £2 million project is expected to be completed in May 2017. Pictured below is Site Manager Mark, teaching the pupils about site safety.




Jeakins Weir is also creating four new classrooms and a staffroom at Roade Primary School, as well as refurbishing the library and other classrooms. The contract is also worth £2 million.


The third new school contract is with Moulton Primary School. The £2.1 million contract involves building a two storey, six classroom extension along with refurbishment to existing rooms within the school and associated playground alterations.




The three new school contracts come at a time when Jeakins Weir is still on site at three other schools in Northamptonshire – Kings Cliffe Endowed Primary School (pictured above), Oundle Primary School and Oakway Park Academy in Wellingborough.




New Community Centre

St Crispin Park Facility Is Under Construction


Jeakins Weir is building a brand new community centre and sports facility serving the St Crispin estate in Northampton. The £2.3 million contract with Northampton Borough Council was procured via the empa Intermediate Framework Agreement

Construction is likely to be completed in November with an opening planned for early 2017.

The new facility at St Crispin Park will comprise of a large main hall, meeting rooms, an office, and a kitchen for catering, all of which will be available for public use.

There will also be a café, as well as changing rooms and equipment stores, while the grounds will feature several football pitches and a baseball diamond.

Cllr Brandon Eldred, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet Member For Community Engagement, said:

“The approved plans will allow us to create a modern, fit-for-purpose facility which will bring all local communities together, young and old. They will be able to take part in sporting activities, participate in a whole range of community activities, and hold parties and events.”

A community centre operator will be appointed to manage the facilities on behalf of the Council.  Northampton Borough Council is also in negotiations to provide a series of allotments on nearby scrubland.

National Award Recognition

Jeakins Weir Site Manager Tom Coady (left) and Contracts Manager James Banaszak (right), with the CCS certificate

 Jeakins Weir Site Manager Tom Coady (left) and Contracts Manager James Banaszak (right), with the CCS certificate.

Jeakins Weir has recently won two major industry awards.


It was presented with a Bronze Award at the 2016 Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) National Site Awards in Manchester for its extensive remodelling work on Loughborough Council offices for Charnwood Borough Council.

The second award is the NEC Small Contract of the Year Award 2016 which Jeakins Weir was presented (with Pick Everard)  at a ceremony at the Institute of Civil Engineering in London, for a building and refurbishment project it completed for two schools in Corby – Beanfield and Gretton Primary Schools.

Both projects were procured through the empa (East Midlands Property Alliance) Construction Framework.

Commenting on receiving the two awards, Jeakins Weir Managing Director, Alistair Weir, said:

“We are delighted to be recognised as one of the UK’s top performing companies at the 2016 National Site Awards and also to win a second straight NEC award for Small Contract of the Year.  National awards like these recognise excellence, dedication and teamwork, and it’s a real boost to all our staff to receive such accolades, particularly from our industry peers.”

The Considerate Constructors Bronze National Site Award 2016 was presented to Jeakins Weir Contracts Manager James Banaszak and Site Manager Tom Coady.

The new look Loughborough Council offices opened in February 2016 following completion of the £700,000 project. Jeakins Weir built an extension to the front of the office and refurbished and made alterations to the existing offices. The offices had to remain fully operational whilst the refurbishment was happening.



Loughborough Council Offices new front extension


The 2016 NEC Awards particularly focused on ‘collaborative working’. Jeakins Weir Contracts Manager Andy Rich and Quantity Surveyor Phil Bluck were present when the winners were announced. Last year Jeakins Weir and Pick Everard won the same award for Rushden Splash Pool in Northamptonshire.

Jeakins Weir’s work at Beanfield Primary School involved the refurbishment of a prefabricated classroom and toilet block, as well as converting an existing classroom into a fully fitted commercial kitchen. At Gretton Primary School Jeakins Weir relocated the creative studio to a smaller classroom to allow for a year six class to make use of a room of suitable size for their class numbers. It also replaced damaged suspended ceiling tiles in a classroom and re-roofed an external storage facility.