Solihull Schools

BAM partnered with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council to design, build, finance, maintain, and operate three schools and design and build one school for the "Building Schools for the Future" programme, accommodating 4,290 pupils.

The development included:

  • Archbishop Grimshaw Roman Catholic VA School: Replacement 1,400 pupil secondary school on existing site.
  • Smith’s Wood Sports College: Replacement 1,400 pupil secondary school.
  • Park Hall School: Replacement 1,400 pupil secondary school.
  • Lanchester School and Pupil Referral Unit: Purpose-built special needs school for 50 pupils, a 40-place pupil referral unit, and a sports hall.

BAM acted as the single point of contact for the procurement and delivery of all the services needed to deliver the Solihull Schools investment programme, integrating and managing a diverse range of supply chain sub-contractors.

SPV General Manager Simon Sheridan explains the objectives of the development.

"Our designs focused on the individual strengths, current challenges, and specific priorities of each school."

Specialism

"All four schools benefitted from unique individual designs by four separate architects, the aim being to specifically promote each school’s specialism.

"For example, Archbishop Grimshaw School featured a new theatre and chapel while Smith’s Wood Sports College included a reconstructed swimming pool and sports complex.

“And the requirement for Lanchester included a purpose-built ESBD special-needs school for 50 pupils and a 40-place pupil referral unit."

Other important features were indoor and outdoor learning spaces which created the ability for the schools to teach and learn anywhere and at any time and break-out spaces providing a technology-rich area for additional teaching and learning.

Alison Murkin, Head Teacher, Lanchester campus

"The loveliness of finish hits you as you walk into the space. It says 'you’re important' to the pupils."

Fred Ward, Contract Manager, Solihull BSF

"There have been many challenges for us all and I have been impressed with the overall level of co-operation by the BAM team and indeed that of the sub-contract supply chain. This was particularly notable during the period of either side of the decant process. The daily meetings with school representatives to address their views and concerns, post completion, have contributed significantly to a smooth transition."

Michael Corrigan, Head Teacher, Archbishop Grimshaw Catholic School

"Our project was completed on-time, within a tight budget, and with an exceptionally smooth decant and transition during the extended October half-term. One factor that certainly contributed to the overall success of the project has been the excellent working relationship developed between the Local Authority, the school, and the BAM teams. Building a new school on an existing site housing large numbers of lively students is a potentially hazardous prospect. Thanks to the close partnerships that have been forged and everyone’s attention to detail, the two years of our project have passed with barely a problem."