£22M PASSIVHAUS CONTRACT GETS GO AHEAD
The site – which is already occupied by Baxter College and St John’s Primary School – will be refurbished and developed alongside construction of the new Wyre Forest Special School. The shared vision of the three schools and new Campus is to promote integration and collaboration between users and facilities.
Speller Metcalfe, an SME building contractor in Worcestershire, has been chosen as construction partner by client Worcestershire County Council. Steve Speller, Joint Managing Director at Speller Metcalfe, said: “Following a successful design stage contract between ourselves and the Council, we have been working to BIM Level 2 to aid in the achievement of stringent Passivhaus targets.
“Not only is this the first project of its kind in Worcestershire, but also a fantastic opportunity for us an SME to deliver our expertise on such a large-scale project.”
Awarded as part of the West Midlands Contractor Framework, Speller Metcalfe succeeded in beating off competition from two other national contractors to win the design stage contract, and have since been awarded the first two series of contracts for the project.
Construction begins on site at the start of October, with the new build 16-bed weekly boarding unit that has been designed to achieve excellent thermal performance and airtightness, and uses a high percentage of recycled materials.
Refurbishment works of the primary school and college are also incorporated, as well as the design and build of a new Science block and Early Years Hub, with the whole project set to complete in 2014.