Waterman provides engineering services for the Priority Schools Building Programme
London, 7 December 2016. We are pleased to announce that as part of the Priority Schools Building Programme (PSBP2) Waterman has been appointed by Turner & Townsend to provide technical advice as part of the feasibility study for each school, including all the requisite surveys and engineering reports to address the condition issues of schools most in need of urgent repair.
PSBP is a centrally managed Government programme, making sure schools are high quality and positive environments as part of the long-term vision for education. PSBP’s intention is to improve the overall standard of school buildings by creating classrooms which provide access to world-class facilities for pupils and teachers.
During the first phase of the programme, 278 schools will be rebuilt or have their condition needs met by the Education Funding Agency (EFA). The first school opened in 2014.
In May 2014, the Government announced it would fund a further phase of the programme known as PSBP2 which will last from 2015 until 2021 and will undertake major rebuilding and refurbishment projects in schools in the very worst condition. Waterman will provide the professional engineering services across building services, structural and civil and environmental engineering disciplines required by Turner & Townsend to perform a Technical Advisory role to the EFA. This is nationwide and covers roughly a quarter of the schools in the PSBP2 project.
Steven Halmshaw, Director of Building Services, commented: “We are delighted to be involved in this programme of works. It is an important commission which will transform the lives of pupils and teachers across the country. We are striving to assist the EFA in delivering quality schools through this programme whilst also assisting their engagement with delivery partners to try and improve the procurement process.”