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Bam points to ability to overcome 'significantly tighter budgets' on schools

Bam Construction’s appointment to a £38m second Hull & East Riding priority schools batch reflects its ability despite “significantly tighter budgets”, it said today.

Bam has been appointed as ‘panel member’ for Withernsea High School, which is the sample school for the batch.

Bam Construction pre-construction manager Paul Cleminson said: “We’re delighted to be selected for the schools.

“This reflects well on how Bam has been striving to create inspirational learning environments despite significantly tighter budgets.”

The project is subject to planning permission. If granted, Bam would aim to start on site by December. The school is around 60 per cent new build and 40 per cent refurbishment.

As well as Withernsea High School, the batch includes Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College, Neasden and Foredyke Primary Schools.

The other three schools are subject to final agreement being reached through the ITT process (invitation to tender). If this is achieved, they would start on site early in 2015.

All the schools are being built on their existing locations, and include an element of demolition to replace the current buildings.

Bond Bryan is the lead architect for all of the schools except Wolfreton, which will be designed by Ryder Architecture’s Newcastle Office.

Bam Design and Silcock Leedham are the structural and environmental consultants, respectively.

The Education Funding Agency appointed Galliford Try to the £35.7m first Hull and East Riding schools batch last month.

Construction News revealed Kier had been appointed to the £46m London 2 batch, replacing Bam Construction on five schools it was originally awarded in May 2013.

Bam was forced to hand five out of eight schools from its original £75m London batch back to the EFA in April 2014, having failed to reach an agreement on costs for two of the schools.

Meanwhile Bam Construction has also been appointed to build a £33m retirement village for Bupa-owned Richmond Care Villages in Oxfordshire.

The 4 ha Richmond Witney site will include residential space for 240 residents, as well as a restaurant, gym, swimming pool, library, shop and outdoor bowling green.

Bam will build a village care centre with 60 registered care beds on the first floor and 46 assisted living suites split across the ground and second floors.

It will also build two sets of independent living apartments comprising 30 and 49 units.

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