Camden Schools

The London Borough of Camden Council – after receiving funding from central government to enter the national Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme – awarded BAM PPP the contract to build three new schools in the Borough of Camden, accommodating 2,930 students.

Camden Council had taken the decision to enhance the area’s educational facilities with the development of three new schools in line with its stated aim of improving the life chances and choices of the young people of Camden.

The project was part of the client’s vision of positioning Camden as a borough of opportunity, as set out in their new Community Strategy.

Their ambition was that, through the BSF programme, high standards could be achieved by all and the gap closed between the attainment of different groups. More emphasis was placed on vulnerable groups, including young people with learning difficulties and disabilities. In addition, there would be better access and an improved choice of school for all learners and their parents and carers.

The Camden Schools scheme included:

  • A new build 1,150-place academy sponsored by University College London
  • A new build 230-place special educational needs school for children aged 2-19 years
  • Swiss Cottage Special SEN School incorporating Jack Taylor School, co-located with the above Academy on a site formerly occupied by Swiss Cottage School and Frank Barnes School
  • A 1,550-place D&B secondary, South Camden Community School (£25m) – part refurbish and remodel and part new build, with phased completion on its current site

SPV General Manager Simon Sheridan outlined some of the challenges involved in the development.

"BAM identified a suitable site to decant Swiss Cottage School to during the construction period and constructed a temporary school for their use during construction before relocating the school back to its original site after 18 months."

The staff at Swiss Cottage School were able to get greater access to the school facilities due to the flexibility of the FM team, something which had been negotiated during the operational period.

FM services will be delivered over 25 years at each of the schools through an FM sub-contract. The range of FM services to be delivered is as follows:

  • Management Service, including Helpdesk Service;
  • Building and Asset Maintenance Management Service;
  • Cleaning, Waste, and Pest Control Management Service;
  • Grounds Maintenance Management Service;
  • Security Management Service;
  • Health & Safety Management Service;
  • Energy & Utilities Management Service;
  • Caretaking & Portering Management Service; and
  • Sustainability Management Service.