As part of Somerset Council’s Building Schools for the Future programme, the aim of the project was to provide new-build replacement facilities for three schools in Bridgwater, England, as part of the process of transforming education in Somerset as a means of raising aspirations and educational attainment.

The programme included:

  • the 1,050-student Chilton Trinity Technology College;
  • the 900-student Robert Blake Science College; and
  • the 68-student Elmwood School, co-located with Robert Blake Science College.

The schools are all of distinct design in response to each school’s specific educational needs, site characteristics, and specialist stakeholder requirements.

SPV General Manager, Simon Sheridan, explained the background to the project.

“Alongside the delivery of the programme, a new partnership company was formed between Somerset County Council, BAM, and BSF Investments, established specifically for the delivery of the new schools and partnering services.

“The dedicated management team within this new company is responsible for the improvement of educational facilities and leveraging wider regeneration, socio-economic, and community and leisure opportunities.”

BAM PPP sponsored the project with its sister company BAM Construct UK, providing an integrated solution with BAM Construction as building contractor. BAM Facilities Management will provide facilities management services throughout the 25-year operational concession period and RM Education will provide the IT managed services to the schools.

Project Details

Client: Somerset County Council

Location: Somerset, England

Capital Value: €68m

Contract duration: 25 years

Sponsor/Investor: LEP – BAM PPP (80%), Somerset County Council (10%), BSF Investments (10%), SPV – BAM PPP (81%), BSF Investments (9%), Futures for Somerset (LEP) (10%)

Design & Build Contractor: BAM Construction

Facilities Management Provider: BAM FM