Nottingham Local Education Partnership Newsletter
issue seven - summer 2011
Happy third birthday to us!
Pg 2 More national awards
Here we are in the summer of 2011 having completed the third year of the LEP! As you can see from this issue lots of things are going on, and we have in place our plan to complete the Building Schools for the Future Wave 2 schemes and deliver more new and refurbished school environments for Nottingham.
Pg 4 Education Projects
Pg 6 Non-education projects
Pg 5 A day in the life of Paul Russell, Operations Director, Carillion
2011 • Winter: Completion of Nottingham Academies • Summer: Rosehill School is due for completion • Summer: Construction is due to start at Nethergate School • Spring: Construction starts on site at Ellis Guilford Comprehensive School. Construction work completed at Robin Hood Primary School. • February: Construction work completed at Blue Bell Hill Primary School
Looking back, we have achieved such 2010 a lot in such a short space of time. • August: Construction work completed at The The LEP started in June 2008 and has Bulwell Academy and Nottingham University successfully completed over 52,000m² Samworth Academy of new/refurbished school facilities, for • June: Construction work completed at Big Wood School the benefit of more than 5000 children. • April: Construction work completed at Hadden We are now on course to complete Park High School, construction work completed at the works on Nottingham Academy Southwark Primary and Rosehill School later this summer, • March: Construction starts on site at Blue Bell Hill Primary and Rosehill School benefiting 3000 more pupils. • January: Construction starts on site at Robin Hood,
Beyond education, we have delivered Greenfields and Henry Whipple Primary Schools improvements to the Forest 2009 Recreation Ground and a new café and golf kiosk at Woodthorpe Grange. • December: OBC submitted to Nottingham Of course, the rebuilding of Victoria City Council’s Executive Board & Partnership for Leisure centre is also going well and is Schools and Primary Capital Programme Phase 1a on target to be completed in 2012. reaches Financial Close All of the above are evidence of the achievement of the LEP’s objectives, which include being a catalyst for transforming neighbourhoods to benefit the local economy and local people. We continue to do this through local re-spend, promoting jobs for local people and through the various training initiatives and apprenticeships that are detailed throughout this newsletter. Mark Harding LEP General Manager
• November: Construction starts on site at Nottingham Academy and Oak Field School & Sports College Opening • September: Big Wood School (phase 1) Opening • August: Facilities Management Services commenced • January: Construction starts on site at Nottingham University Samworth Academy and The Bulwell Academy 2008 • September: ICT Server File went live • July: Construction starts on site at Big Wood School, Hadden Park High School and Oak Field School & Sports College • June: Local Education Partnership (LEP) established
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LEP sponsors Nottingham City Council’s employee awards “On 23 June, Nottingham City Council honoured people making a difference to residents of the city through its GEM employee awards: and this year Nottingham’s LEP is one of the award sponsors. These awards focus on individual, teams or services that have made a real difference to the people of Nottingham through their outstanding customer focus. Last year I was asked to join one of the judging panels for the GEM awards. I liked the process but I particularly enjoyed meeting the people from the Council - my fellow judges and, of course, all the finalists. What became clear to me was that few people in the Council were aware of the transformational work which the LEP was doing throughout the city; and I was also unaware of the extensive breadth of activities which the Council had to manage. What could be a better way of addressing these knowledge gaps than sponsoring the GEM awards? I know that there is a greater awareness of inspiredspaces now than there was a year ago - lots of people have been working hard to get our brand better known - and the transfer of staff into Loxley House has also helped enormously. By having more of our staff on the judging panels this year (as well as myself, Mark Holden, Mark Harding and Alice Vickers took part) and with three promotional events in the Loxley House atrium in April, there are clearly many more opportunities for us to market ourselves and what we’ve achieved to date. But perhaps of greater value might be the chance to win some more business for the LEP.” Brian Duckworth, Chair of the LEP Board
Brian Duckworth with the Area 1 City Services Team who won the Environment Nottingham award
More national awards A panel of judges representing a broad spectrum of industry professionals who are respected for their expertise, experience and integrity in the public private partnership market, selected Southwark Primary School as winner of ‘Best Community or User Involvement Project’ award at the Partnerships Bulletin Awards 2011. This award recognises the outstanding commitment to involving the local community. A broad range of stakeholders were fully involved in the visioning and design of the project and their involvement has paid off. The stunning school has exceeded the expectations of those involved and is offering providing new opportunities for learning and community use.
Pupils at Southwark Primary celebrating their success Nottingham’s LEP was selected as a finalist for the Public/Private Partnership Achievement of the Year Award at the MJ (Municipal Journal) Achievement Awards 2011. Although not selected as the winner, this is still a great achievement and recognition of the way in which the LEP uses the resources and expertise of different partners to bring benefits to our citizens. 2
Bitter blow for Nottingham’s schools The Secretary of State for Education has announced that he is minded not to fund any of Nottingham’s Building Schools for the Future (BSF) projects which were the subject of a judicial review earlier this year. Over the past 12 months Nottingham City Council has worked tirelessly to do everything within its power to over turn the decision to stop the £79 million of funding and is now considering whether to make further representation before the Secretary of State makes his final decision. The Council’s bold approach has ensured that money spent on the cancelled projects will be recovered unlike those authorities who chose not to challenge the decision. Despite this news, the LEP is continuing work on the five remaining BSF schemes which were unaffected by the decision to end the national BSF programme. Construction work has started at Ellis Guilford and Nethergate schools and design development work is well underway at Bluecoat (Wollaton Park campus), Farnborough and Woodlands.
Learn.Nottingham Nottingham City Council has commissioned the LEP to deliver the Openhive Learning Platform to ALL Nottingham’s schools! The Council has a wealth of experience of working with Learning Platforms with their schools and has chosen the Openhive platform for all future requirements up until 2014. The LEP’s ICT Managed Service Provider Capita worked with the Council and schools to test the migration of any content from the existing platform to Openhive over the Easter break. Further updates on the impact that the use of Openhive is having on teaching and learning in our project schools will be supplied via future issues of this newsletter.
What is OPENHIVE? • OPENHIVE is an integrated learning platform combining email, instant messaging and management information systems in one environment. • OPENHIVE aims to be at the forefront of e-learning by combining ICT services together in a flexible, enjoyable way, making it an ideal tool for not only teachers and pupils to use but also parents.
Tweet tweet The construction team working on Nottingham Academy (Ransom Road site) is the first to see the benefits of social networking, having gotten fully on-board with Twitter in recent weeks. Contractors at the site are now able to ‘Tweet’ happenings at the site in messages of 140 characters long and add their own photographs of the ongoing building works. David Hollywood, Site Project Manager, said: “It’s fair to say that the lads were very sceptical when they first heard about the site tweeting. However, they’ve now come round and see the benefits of telling the wider world about what we are achieving here. A good example is the recent donation to Bulwell Community Toy Library. Without Twitter, this would not have been communicated around the Carillion team, let alone the local community! “I think everyone recognises the need to shout a bit louder about our efforts in Nottingham, and Twitter is an excellent way of doing this in a way that is accessible to everyone.” Follow the LEP on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NottinghamLEP 3
Education Projects Blue Bell Hill Primary School The refurbished Blue Bell Hill Primary School in St Ann’s was reopened in February by Councillor Brian Grocock. The grand opening was marked by a special assembly with songs, dancing and speeches from pupils, followed by refreshments and an evening fireworks display. The extensive remodelling of the school which began in April 2010 has seen refurbishment works to classrooms and connections to new open air teaching spaces, proving a success with both staff and pupils who now have much more flexibility over their learning environments.
Councillor Brian Grocock officially opens the remodelled Blue Bell Hill Primary School
Ellis Guilford School Ellis Guilford School and Sports College in Basford came one step closer to completion after reaching Financial Close in March. Contracts were signed on the £12.1m scheme aimed at refurbishing existing buildings and providing new facilities to students in Basford. The build, which began on site in May, will provide new build accommodation for general teaching, performing arts and additional needs provision. A new cafeteria and dining facilities are also included in the development, encouraging students to stay on site throughout the school day. An artist’s impression of Ellis Guilford School
The new build accommodation will replace and expand on inadequate buildings and temporary accommodation, and will be handed over to the school in October 2012. The second phase will get under way with the old accommodation being demolished and the landscaping and games areas being constructed.
Rosehill School The refurbishment of Rosehill School in St Ann’s is on programme. The first phase of the works will be complete by the beginning of July and the remaining works will be complete by the beginning of August ready to start teaching in the new school in September. Pupil and staff will be visiting the site in July to see their new school taking shape. Andy Sloan, Headteacher of Rosehill School, said; “The work the LEP is doing will be a lasting legacy of what a building can achieve in the education and lives of young people with autism. The LEP is succeeding in fulfilling the dreams of a great many people who want the best for these amazing individuals.”
The new reception area at Rosehill School which is nearing completion
Nottingham Academy Construction works at Nottingham Academy (Ransom Road and Greenwood Road sites) is progressing well. In March, Ransom Road saw both its cladding and rendering works completed, along with the commencement of the latex work on the flooring. Works are proceeding to programme on the site, with works on the internal fit-out ahead of schedule. Ceiling installation works began in late March and the upcoming weeks will see refurbishment of the Sports Hall and changing areas, ahead of the summer break. The courtyard at Nottingham Academy – Greenwood Road site
Greenwood Road site has also seen excellent progress made on site despite the spell of poor weather earlier in the year. The building has been handed over this month, ahead of schedule, and external works to all areas are set to continue.
Official opening of Robin Hood Primary School In June, Councillor David Mellen, Nottingham City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, opened the remodelled Robin Hood Primary School in Bestwood Park which has benefited from a £2.8 million investment. The aspiration was to create a school with culture and creativity at its heart which showcases pupil achievement. The long, disjointed school has been completely transformed to create a landmark building at the centre of the local community. The work has been carried out over four phases to minimise disruption and has seen the whole site remodelled into a 21st century facility. Pedestrian access onto the school has been improved and a brand new entrance has been created. In addition a new classroom block for Key Stage 2 pupils has been built around the existing Key Stage 1 and Foundation Unit and which has created a new central gathering space.
Councillor David Mellen officially opens the remodelled Robin Hood Primary School
The refurbished school includes a number of sustainable features. These include photovoltaic cells to provide hot water, lights on motion sensors, the heating is thermostatically controlled and the cladding of the new build is made out of 100% recycled material.
Contracts signed to renew Nethergate School The LEP and Nottingham City Council have signed legal contracts worth £3.1 million to completely remodel Nethergate School in Clifton which caters for up to 75 pupils aged between 5 and 16 with moderate learning difficulties (MLD).
An artist’s impression of Nethergate School
Access into the school will be improved and a new welcoming entrance courtyard will be created. The library and the main hall, which will be used to gather the whole-school for assemblies and celebrations, will also be enhanced. The number of classrooms will increase from seven to nine which will enable each Key Stage a dedicated and appropriate space which will give pupils a sense of transition as they progress through the school. For example, the Key Stage 4 hub will have a distinctly ‘adult’ feel. Each classroom will extend out onto its own private outdoor teaching area which will connect the buildings with the surrounding landscape. In addition, one of the outbuildings will be converted into a specialist teaching area for life-skills such as food technology, design technology and art. Construction work will start in July 2011 and be completed in July 2012. 5
Non-Education Projects Footpaths at Forest Recreation Ground The enabling works and relaying of the cemetery and memorial paths have now been completed at Forest Recreation Ground. The project, which was funded by the Castle Cavendish foundation, has seen successful resurfacing works to both the memorial path and the cemetery path. The footpath had deteriorated over the years, becoming uneven and bumpy owing to a high number of visitors on a daily basis and concentrated footfall from major events, including Bonfire Night and Goose Fair. The works have resulted in a smoother surface and a safer path for walking, pleasing residents of the city and encouraging more visitors to the Forest. The Forest Restoration Project was set up in a bid to restore the Forest Recreation Ground on Gregory Boulevard, Nottingham to its former glory. The £5.1m project includes restoring the historic entrances and the Lodge, refurbishing the pavilion with a new café, office space and public toilets as well as lots of other improvements to the park’s paths, planted areas and information for visitors.
The Pavilion at Forest Recreation Ground
Detailed designs were submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund in late 2010 for their approval and earlier this month they awarded £3,198,000 to Nottingham City Council. Look out for an update in the next issue of the newsletter.
Woodthorpe Grange Café The creation of a new café kiosk and golf pavilion at Woodthorpe Grange Park was completed in April. The building has been designed to complement the park surroundings and the roof, which is made of sedum, is set to encourage plants to grow, birds to visit and of course, use carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. The phased project which has been developed to enhance services in Woodthorpe Grange Park began in 2010 when £200,000 of funding from Nottingham City Council was allocated to redevelop the current golf pavilion and add a café kiosk and public toilets to the park. The LEP’s contractor on this project was AJ Beaman. The eco-friendly kiosk
Victoria Leisure Centre Works at Victoria Leisure Centre have seen another important milestone reached with the addition of a new roof fitted onto the steel frameworks of the new building. Works began on site in November 2010 following the demolition of some aspects of the old centre to pave the way for the new build. The centre is set to open in spring 2012 and is one of the largest projects in Nottingham City Council’s Leisure Centre Transformation Programme programme which aims to provide better leisure facilities citywide. The £9 million development includes a six-lane 25-metre family swimming pool with separate children’s pool and fun splash play area, a new café/retail space, and modern fitness and health suites.
Construction work is progressing well at Victoria Leisure Centre
Community empowerment Bulwell Community Toy Library When David Savage, Senior Quantity Surveyor working on the Nottingham Academy project, discovered that the Bulwell Community Toy Library, (a charity that supports hundreds of children in the Bulwell area with much needed play equipment) had its entire stock of toys stolen by thieves he was quick to take action. He contacted the charity to let them know that Carillion Building, working with Speedy Space, would like to replace the stolen container and some of the toys. David thought there would be no one else in Nottingham better placed to source a replacement container than Carillion given how many are used on our sites. David, recognising the plight of the charity, also went a step further and contacted a number of specialist contractors who kindly agreed to donate furniture. He also made a donation from Carillion to enable the charity to purchase replacement toys. The Bulwell Community Toy Library is now well and truly back on its feet thanks to the donations from Carillion and our supply chain. We are now exploring with the charity how we can create a long term sustainable partnership based around employee volunteering programmes to support them to provide much needed services to families, professionals, schools and community groups.
Employment and training
Supporting apprenticeships To date the LEP has provided 124 placements for 108 apprentices, many of whom live in Nottingham, who are registered with the Carillion Training Services Centre which is located in Nottingham. We have also provided work placements for a further 24 apprentices within the Carillion Building supply chain. At present we have 19 apprentices working across the projects that the LEP is delivering. Looking ahead, Carillion Building will ‘underwrite’ all NVQ Level 2 apprentices which means that we can provide practical, hands-on work experience for the duration of their NVQ course.
The LEP was approached by Business Action on Homelessness (BAOH) to help support Paul Ryan (a client referred to them by Framework Nottingham) who was out of work despite numerous specialised qualifications in external lighting design and lots of relevant work experience. We recognised that in order to support Paul we needed to provide him a placement with one of our specialist contractors which would best fit his skill set.We approached PWP Building Services our Mechanical and Electrical Services contractor working on the primary schools that are being refurbished. PWP Building Services were committed to support a placement for Paul, but felt that his skill set was more suited to their suppliers, Kingfisher Lighting Ltd. During the negotiations to secure his placement it become clear that Paul couldn’t be classified as “homeless” under BAOH criteria and therefore they couldn’t provide the resource to broker the placement. Undeterred we wanted to continue with the placement as we are committed to securing sustainable employment for local people. To make the placement happen we liaised directly with Framework who had originally referred Paul to BAOH. A placement was secured for Paul which he successfully completed. Kingfisher Lighting Ltd. were keen to keep in contact with Paul as they were hopeful that they may be able to offer him a job opportunity in the next few months. This is the first placement hosted by our supply chain and we hope to organise more in the future. 7
Supporting Nottingham’s young people The LEP joined forces with youth charity The Prince’s Trust to give 12 young people in Nottingham the opportunity to try their hand at working in the construction industry. Between 21 February and 4 March 2011 Carillion Building hosted a ‘Get into Construction’ course at Victoria Leisure Centre in St Ann’s which is currently being rebuilt. The Prince’s Trust Get into Construction course offers tuition in bricklaying, joinery, paving and other construction operations and the young people will find out more about the construction industry through site tours and presentations. Candidates who successfully completed the course were presented with a certificate to recognise their achievement by the Sheriff of Nottingham and were given the opportunity to register with Carillion’s recruitment agency SkyBlue. Carillion Building continued to support the young people who completed the course by providing two-week work experience placements for eight of the trainees across the live construction sites in Nottingham. Prince’s Trust trainees at Victoria Leisure Centre In total, the LEP has coordinated seven Get into Construction courses which have benefited 89 young people, giving them the skills and confidence they need to help find work.
Get Britain Working Get Britain Working is a campaign which sits within the Work Programme – the Government’s overhaul of the Welfare to Work System.The LEP’s partnership with JobCentre Plus has meant that we are one of the first organisations to register to be involved.We plan to provide placements to young people with little or no work experience that have been unemployed for 13 weeks or more. JobCentre Plus has been busy recruiting potential candidates to come and undertake work placements on our live construction sites and we welcomed four clients in May. Look out for an update in the next issue of the newsletter.
Speed interviewing The partnership between the LEP, JobCentre Plus and colleagues in Nottingham City Council’s Economic Development Team has developed a new and innovative way for unemployed people to access jobs within our supply chain. Together, we are organising an event to enable our suppliers to recruit from a list of unemployed people looking for work. The event will see suppliers carry out ‘speed interviewing’ sessions which will provide a high number of people with an opportunity to meet several potential employers in a short space of time. Successful candidates will then be invited to more formal interviews with suppliers.
Meet the Buyer
A ‘Meet the Buyer’ event was held on 21 June at Notts County Football Club on Meadow Lane in Nottingham. The event enabled local businesses to meet key members of the Carillion Building team and their first tier supply chain members. We hope that the event enabled local suppliers understand how they can get involved in the many projects which the LEP has under way.
A day in the life of Paul Russell Operations Director, Carillion Building, Education we deliver. I can bore my family silly over a particularly ‘nice panel of brickwork’, however, in working for you here in Nottingham, its more than that, it’s seeing the difficult environments that teaching and learning takes place in our older schools and then knowing that you can and do make a difference to all ages of people in a community, but especially our young people. So, a day in the life for me always starts with a check on our Health and Safety performance using the daily reporting tool that we have. Building sites have a high potential to cause harm if we don’t use the right people and right processes and I am passionate that we target zero accidents on our projects and make sure everyone is able to return home safely each night.
As the Operations Director for Carillion, I am responsible for the design and building phase of new projects for the Local Education Partnership (LEP) in Nottingham. I have been an Operations Director for a number of years, but I was delighted to take over responsibility for Nottingham in December of last year. It is a happy return to the City for me, I was a graduate of Nottingham Trent University (or Polytechnic as it was in my day) and I have relatives who live here. There has obviously been significant change here since the early 90’s, not least the road network in the centre, I still have to rely on Sat Nav on occasions! I have worked for Carillion since I graduated and that has taken me all over the country doing a variety of high profile construction projects for some really interesting customers. However, I do find Public projects and the Education Sector the most interesting aspects of my work. That is because they are projects built around people and for people. To try and illustrate that, I’ve built supermarkets, hospitals, hightec industrial facilities, shopping centres, etc, all of which still require a focus on time, cost and quality, but that is invariably all they focus on, where as in a Public, Education projects many people are involved throughout the process and we get plenty of feedback from the end users. The job reward in construction is invariably the built environment
Nottingham’s award-winning Local Education Partnership (LEP) is a partnership between Nottingham City Council, inspiredspaces and Building Schools for the Future Investments. The LEP’s main suppliers are Carillion, providing construction and facilities management, and Capita providing the ICT expertise.
I then spend the first part of the morning speaking to my senior management team about the key issues in hand, our plans for their resolution and motivating and directing our people to deliver in a proactive way for you. The run up to lunchtime will involve talking to our customer and their partner organisations to advise them how we are doing and coordinating our approach with their priorities. Just after lunch and it’s time to talk to our delivery partners and suppliers to ensure that they are aligned to delivering value and service in line with the customers priorities. Just last week we interviewed 21 young local apprentices with a view to them joining our business to work with us in Nottingham. Working with local people is important to us to ensure that our work leaves a skills and jobs legacy for the community that is much greater than just a building. Mid-afternoon is a walk around one of our projects to take time to engage with our managers and workforce to ensure that the project remains on track, that standards are being maintained and that I am visible for people to approach me and ask me about any issues that they may have. The last part of the day is catching up on the 100 or so emails, writing reports, capturing the tasks of the day and setting plans for the coming days, weeks and months. So funnily enough then, whilst you were probably expecting me to be writing about ‘concrete this’ and ‘steel that’ my whole day revolves around working with and managing people and communication.
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