July 11, 2019 @ 8:57 by Steven Hugill
An engineering firm has announced a lucrative contract success that will see it support the development of a new multi-million-pound joint schools and leisure centre for Northumberland County Council.
SES Engineering Services has been appointed by Kier Regional Building, the council’s main contractor, to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing services.
The new facility, designed to link three buildings in a crescent, is being delivered as part of a re-organisation of the Ponteland Partnership, which is seeing a £52 million investment in schools.
The project also supports Northumberland’s Education and Skills Priorities 2017-20 plan.
The schools will cater for more than 2000 nursery, primary and secondary age students and accommodate 245 staff and visitors, providing state-of-the-art learning spaces and new community facilities.
They will include a library, swimming pool, fitness suite, sports courts, a Clip ‘n Climb wall and a soft play area, as well as a full-size 3G football pitch and sports fields.
A new fire station will also form part of the development.
During its time on site, SES will benefit from its early engagement with Kier and design engineers TGA.
Given the challenges associated with a group of highly-serviced buildings spanning two and three-storeys, bosses say SES’ use of detailed model co-ordination will ensure its team are able to conclude their role in a timely fashion.
Michael Dickinson, SES’ operations director North East, said: “We are delighted to be working with Kier Regional Building on such a major education project for the region.
“Our extensive experience within both the education and blue light sectors will be key to the smooth delivery of the development.”
Councillor Peter Jackson, leader of Northumberland County Council, added: “I am sure SES will be a superb addition to the top team that is constructing our ground-breaking development at Ponteland.
“We are looking forward to providing top-class facilities in the two new schools and the leisure and community facilities on the site. The high-quality mechanical and electrical services will be key to these.”
The project will be complete for the start of the new school year in September 2020.