Schools build programme provides lifeline for contractors

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE (second from left), is shown around the new building by representatives from Willmott Dixon, Scape, Oakfield Primary School and Wawickshire County Council.

Midlands’ contractor Willmott Dixon, which has offices in Birmingham and Nottingham, has reported a surge of interest in Britain’s first standardised school, currently under construction in Rugby.

Thirteen local authorities have paid a visit to Oakfield Primary School, including five from the West Midlands. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE, also visited the site in July.

Interest has been prompted by the acute shortage of primary school places across the  region. Continue reading

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Under Secretary of State for Schools visits UK’s first standardised school in Rugby

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE (second from left), is shown around the new building by representatives from Willmott Dixon, Scape, Oakfield Primary School and Wawickshire County Council.

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Hill of Oareford CBE, paid a special visit to Oakfield Primary School in Rugby, Warwickshire, to see construction of a school that could revolutionise how schools are built in the future.

Lord Hill, responsible for school funding and capital at the Department for Education, wanted to see first-hand how the standardised system, called Sunesis, can reduce costs and construction time.

Sunesis was launched last year by Willmott Dixon and Scape, a local authority controlled construction procurement company, to help reduce the cost of building new schools and meet the Government’s ‘more for less’ agenda. Continue reading