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Kettering Primary School Extension Is Officially Opened

Jeakins Weir Managing Director, Alistair Weir, and the Bishop of Brixworth, John Holbrook (pictured),  were guests earlier this week at the official opening of a £1.8 million extension to St Andrew’s Primary School in Grafton Street, Kettering.




Jeakins Weir was responsible for building new classrooms, extending several existing classrooms, as well as extensive work to the outside space.

The Bishop of Brixworth unveiled the plaque (pictured) while the Mayoress was also present. The school children sang and guests were given tours as part of the opening festivities.




News of the official opening appeared in the Northampton Telegraph on Tuesday October 6th, 2015.


Skate Delight as Work Starts

Jeakins Weir has begun work building a new and improved skate park in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, for Melton Borough Council.


Skate Park


The scheme, costing in excess of £300,000, involves the removal of the old steel park to create a brand new concrete park with 28 new ramps and rails. The skate park is located at Play Close Park Lane in Melton. It will measure 62.3m by 22m when complete and the facility is expected to be opened in early 2016.

Tony Shipley, Business Development Manager at Jeakins Weir, said the firm was pleased to be working with Melton Borough Council again on such a unique project. 

“This is a really interesting job for us. We will need to clear the ground first before putting a foundation in place to build the new and improved park. Once complete the new Melton Skate Park is expected to provide a facility that will be amongst the best in the UK.”

Jeakins Weir has involved specialist sub-contractor Maverick Industries in the skate park’s design and build.

The project was procured by Melton Borough Council via the empa Framework.  Empa was formed by local authorities in the East Midlands and is managed by Scape. Its aim is to improve the procurement and delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for public-sector bodies – saving time and money for them, and in turn for council taxpayers.

Jeakins Weir was appointed by Scape to the Intermediate Framework for public sector contracts valued at £50K to £2M in January 2014.


Skate Park 2


The groundbreaking ceremony appeared last week in the Melton Times newspaper.

Bridgeway Centre has new lease of life

Jeakins Weir has just finished rebuilding the Bridgeway Centre on Coalpit Fields Road in Bedworth, working for Warwickshire County Council.
The £550,000 project, procured via the empa Framework, has seen the abandoned centre converted into an extension to the nearby All Saints Church of England Infant School. The job was handed over last week – ready for the new school year.
Jeakins Weir’s work involved the demolition of outbuildings to provide additional playground facilities and internal alterations to create four classrooms, a library, reception, staff room and break-out areas.
Gavin Mitchell, Project Manager at Warwickshire County Council, said: “The council is very pleased with the finished project and grateful for the way the project has been delivered on site. Thank you again for ensuring the project was completed on time. This was the critical factor for this project and you didn’t let us down.”
The site had a variety of unusual features, including a disused mine shaft and a 7.5T weight limit bridge on the main access route.
The two single storey buildings comprising the Bridgeway Centre have had many uses over the years including community centre, social education centre and a homeless shelter.



Rushden’s £270K Pool Refurb Makes Splash at Awards

A £277,000 construction project which saw Rushden Splash Pool in Northamptonshire revamped in just eight weeks has been recognised with a prestigious award.

The initiative won the Small Project of the Year Award at the NEC Awards which recognises schemes worth less than £0.5m that show evidence of best practice and collaboration. The awards were announced on 20th April 2015 at the Institute of Civil Engineering in London.

Jeakins Weir and Pick Everard scooped the award after delivering the contract through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council.

empa, which was formed by local authorities in the East Midlands and is managed by Scape, aims to improve the procurement and delivery of construction projects and property maintenance for public sector bodies saving time and money for them and in turn for council taxpayers.



In the photo (l to r) – Cllr Richard Lewis, Andy Rich (Jeakins Weir Contract Manager), Richard Bolton (Jeakins Weir Site Manager), Alistair Weir (MD of Jeakins Weir), Steven North (Leader of East Northamptonshire Council), David Oliver (Chief Executive of East Northamptonshire Council), Chris Tye (Group Operations Manager of Aspirations Wellbeing)



Jeakins Weir’s work at Rushden Splash Pool included the installation of new air handling units and ducting, re-tiling the changing rooms, showers and toilets and installing new changing cubicles and lockers. It was completed in October 2014.

Alistair Weir, managing director for Jeakins Weir said: “We are delighted to have won this award with Pick Everard. By working closely with all partners involved we were able to improve the well-used facilities at Rushden Splash Pool within a tight timescale causing minimal disruption to swimmers and saving the local authority money too. Contracts secured through the empa framework allow us to be flexible in our approach and meet the specific needs of local authority clients.”

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, said: “Congratulations to Jeakins Weir and Pick Everard for winning this well-deserved award.  The quality of refurbishment work carried out at the Splash Pool has provided our customers with a much improved experience and clearly stood out amongst some tough competition at the awards.

“Aspirations Wellbeing, who manage the pool, worked closely with the contractors to ensure smooth management of the work and I’m delighted the judges chose this project to honour as it is a great example of collaborative working by the project team.”

Alan Coole, Head of empa, said: “We are honoured to see an empa project, which has boosted leisure facilities for the local community, win this award.  The project is a great example of what can be achieved in such a short space of time through the empa framework. Contractor Jeakins Weir replaced essential mechanical equipment, installed new lockers and improved changing areas and showers for the 25-metre long pool that was built 25 years ago, all this in just eight weeks.”

Pick Everard provided Project Management, Cost Consultancy and NEC Supervisor services.

Adrian Ceney, Scape framework director at Pick Everard, said: “This was a challenging project for us in terms of timescales as we had just a two week lead in time, a very tight timescale and budget to work with as well as political risks due to a potential penalty for  East Northamptonshire Council should a delay have occurred.

“We worked together with the council and empa framework contractor Jeakins Weir to ensure that a transparent and collaborative approach was adopted, providing excellent results on time.

“The NEC Awards are all about collaboration and this project was a perfect example of working together as a project team to deliver for the client, and I am delighted this has been recognised.”



Rushden Splash Pool Shortlisted for Inaugural NEC Award

Corby-based builder Jeakins Weir has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award along with Leicester architect firm Pick Everard for a refurbishment project that it completed last Autumn for East Northamptonshire Council.

Rushden Splash Pool in Northamptonshire is on the short list for the ‘NEC Small Project of the Year Award’ at the inaugural NEC Awards. NEC is a type of contract originally created by Institution of Civil Engineers and this is the award’s inaugural year.

Award winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Institute of Civil Engineering in London on April 20th, 2015.

The £330,000 Rushden Splash Pool refurbishment contract was procured by East Northamptonshire Council via the empa (East Midlands Property Alliance) Framework. Jeakins Weir was appointed by Scape to the Intermediate framework for public sector contracts valued at £50K to £3M in January 2014.

Commenting on the news, Jeakins Weir Managing Director Alistair Weir said:

  “We are delighted to be nominated for this award. It is testimony to the excellent working relationship we had from the outset with East Northamptonshire Council and also spotlights the tremendous value of the empa Framework in helping drive excellence, collaboration and delivering on-time and on-budget.”

Jeakins Weir’s work at Rushden Splash Pool included the installation of new air handling units and ducting, re-tiling the changing rooms, showers and toilets and installing new changing cubicles and lockers. It was completed in October 2014.

Work begins on 13 Primary Schools in Leicestershire

Jeakins Weir has commenced work on the first of 13 extensions to Leicestershire Primary Schools working for Leicestershire County Council.



Photographed at Desford Community Primary School, left to right: Lee Petcher , School Site Supervisor and School Governor;  Roy Roberts, Jeakins Weir Site Manager;  Martin Turnham, Head Teacher;  Sam Nutt ,Teacher.

Desford Community Primary School (pictured) is the first of the building projects to break ground.

Jeakins Weir was awarded the contracts totalling £6.5 million through the East Midlands Property Alliance (empa) Framework with each job ranging in value from £250,000 to £1 million. Jeakins Weir is building new classrooms as well as extending halls and kitchens.

The remarkable aspect of the contract is that the majority of the projects are being carried out during term time and with the schools remaining fully operational. This means that Jeakins Weir doesn’t have the cost and delivery issues associated with compressing simultaneous building projects into the school summer holidays.

Leicestershire County Council elected to use the empa Framework so that it could achieve lower costs per unit and avoid the tremendous time and cost associated with 13 one off contracts.

Nigel Dutton, Team Leader Projects (Resources) at Leicestershire County Council, explains: “We are delighted having chosen the empa procurement route to deliver our Primary School Program. It allows the flexibility to schedule works to suit the individual requirements of the schools whilst gaining from the advantages of the economies of scale that Jeakins Weir has been able to produce.”

Commenting on the contracts, Alistair Weir, Managing Director of Jeakins Weir, said:  “It is tremendous to be working with Leicestershire County Council on this important programme. The empa framework is perfect for education projects particularly when we are faced with multiple sites and overlapping timescales. Thanks to empa we have been able to understand the individual requirements of each school and offer each of them value for money. “

The 13 primary schools are: Latimer Primary School, Huncote Community Primary School, Sketchley Hill Primary School, St Lukes C of E Primary School, Belvoirdale Primary School, Greenfield Primary School, St Cuthbert’s C of E Primary School, Desford Community Primary School, Hathern C of E Primary School, Thythorn Fields Primary School, Little Hill Primary School, Water Leys Primary School, All Saints C of E Primary School.