Building work underway to improve academy facilities

Building work on Scarborough’s Graham and George Pindar Schools is taking place as part of a series of £3.5m projects to better meet the needs of students.

To facilitate improvements at both sites, funding for the project has been secured from the Department for Education through the Strategic School Improvement Capital Budget.

Education construction specialists MAC Consultants have been instructed to design, procure and deliver the six packages of work.

These works will address several issues at both of the sites and look to create the most positive impact with the least disruption, lasting a total of nine months. They will include block replacement works, mechanical and electrical upgrades and replacement of windows and roofs.

The works are part of the incorporation of the two schools into the York-based HOPE Learning Trust, which has been working with the schools since early 2018.

HOPE Learning Trust appointed MAC Construction Consultants to act as the main project lead for the Department for Education, ensuring the works are completed to the requirements of the DfE and within the funding agreement.

Project manager and senior building surveyor Nathan Hughes, from MAC, said: “The works have already made a vast improvement to the external fabric of the building and have dramatically increased the levels of day-lighting in many areas.

“We are well on the way to completing the goal of bringing the buildings back into good repair and making a substantial and sustained step forward to make serious improvements to these schools.

“We anticipate that work will be completed within a nine-month time frame, meeting the needs of the schools, being in line with the vision of HOPE Learning Trust and to the exact funding requirements of the Department for Education.”