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The Hull Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme is a Public Private Partnership with Hull City Council (HCC). The project aims to provide new educational facilities that will help deliver wider social and economic regenerationin the city. Morgan Sindall Investments is one of the three equal partners in Esteem, the consortium selected by HCC to be its Private Sector Partner to deliver the BSF programme.
A Local Education Partnership (LEP) will be created between Esteem, BSFI (the central investor in BSF) and HCC for the long term development of the educational, community, health and recreational facilities in the city. At least £400m will be invested in new schools and community facilities over a 25year period. In addition, Esteem will provide a number of Partnering Services including the development of a strategic investment preogramme for educational facilities, and community, health, recreational and social care facilities in connection with the local authority regeneration programmes across the city. Successful delivery is likely to create further opportunities for regeneration works in the city, up to an approximate value of £2 billion. The development will take place over three phases and construction started in early 2010. School designs have been developed in partnership with Morgan Sindall's construction business and in close consultation with the authority and wider community stakeholders.
Hull City Council wants its schools to be community hubs; open in the evening and early mornings with the facilities used by the local community throughout the day. By opening up the schools beyond normal hours, more learning opportunities will be created and the schools can play a central part in the local community. Esteem will set up a not for profit organisation to centrally manage the booking of the schools’ facilities to facilitate community use, and will reinvest profits to provide a minimum number of free hours for community use in each school. Away from the classroom, Esteem will work with the schools to make available and promote PE and community sports. This will provide increased opportunities for local people to participate in activities aimed at promoting health and wellbeing. Esteem is also encouraging students and community members to have a direct input into building design, artworks and displays during the design and development phase. To help provide better education, Esteem is creating the Hull Learning Institute – a virtual learning centre at the forefront of innovation and ICT which will support teachers in raising attainment levels. The Institute will also help increase adult literacy and numeracy in the Hull area. Wider curriculum development is seen as key to fundamental, long-term culture change.
Esteem is promoting healthy and green schools that educate and motivate young people in all areas of environmental sustainability. Esteem plans to raise attendance by working with MOTIV, an award-winning organisation that works with primary and secondary schools across the country to improve attendance and raise children’s aspirations. Students who increase their attendance rate by a certain target will be invited to participate to sport, media and music events. Esteem has pledged to support local businesses and link education with the workplace by mentoring and encouraging young enterprise in the city. The Esteem Foundation will be formed to provide local children with more opportunities to see what employment and education options are available to them. The Foundation is based on commitments of time and resources from the Esteem consortium partners, as well as the wider supply chain, and will provide learner days for both staff and pupils to illustrate different routes into employment or further education.
The overarching aim of the project is to enhance every child and young person’s life chances by offering them a better education in a safe, secure and inspiring environment. The school buildings themselves will be designed to be energy efficient. This will be achieved through building orientation and by matching internal environmental conditions to optimise building performance. Targets have been set for BREEAM Excellent for all new build schools and BREEAM Very Good for refurbishment projects.
The following elements will help make Hull BSF an environmentally sustainable project:
On site composting;
Careful choice of building orientation;
Increased sustainable modes of transport to and from school;
Solar power to heat the water;
Increased insulation air tightness of the buildings;
Use of thermal mass to absorb heat and keep the building to a near constant temperature;
Rain water recovery;
Photovoltaic panels on street lamps;
Small wind turbine;
Lights controlled by passive infrared sensors.
The buildings will aim to meet 60% carbon reduction criteria.
Esteem is committed to recycling the local pound and will put in place the ‘HU’ postcode driven framework that is needed to make a significant, long-lasting impact on Hull’s economy. Benefits will also arise from using local companies in the supply chain through local procurement of materials and stock. Employing local supply chains will also help reduce the carbon footprint of developing the new schools. For example, Hull-based construction companies Hobson & Porter and Houlton are both involved in the project. Esteem will respond to training needs, matching skills shortages in the workforce with the skills required to deliver all aspects of the new schools.
As a committed partner to the council, Esteem will provide a host of opportunities that will build real skills that the city of Hull can benefit from long into the future. As part of its commitment to creating local opportunities, the LEP has pledged to use 210 apprentices with an aspirational target of 500, monitored by a Hull-based company specialising in finding training work for local people. Esteem plans to create a minimum of 100 new jobs, as well as organising work placements and job swaps. The involvement of local firms and labour has become critical to the success of the project as a whole through the inclusion of key performance indicators (KPIs) for the number of companies and the number of employees based in the HU postcode area.
"The opportunity to be part ofsuch a pivotal programme forthe city is fantastic.A chance to makea difference inyour home townis somethingreally specialand I am committed to seeing thisthrough – long term."Paul Brooke
Esteem Project Director