Pupils and staff are settling into a brand new state-of-the-art school in Lincoln, thanks to construction procurement, design and consultation specialists Scape and contractor Willmott Dixon.
Lincoln Carlton Academy now has a brand new site in Carlton Boulevard in the city.
Scape and Willmott Dixon are the two companies behind Sunesis – a suite of standardised, but visually appealing designs offering time efficient, safe and cost effective delivery of new facilities in the education, leisure and care sectors. The school is the first Sunesis building in Lincoln.
Sunesis schools are high quality buildings which are delivered on average 12 months faster and 30 per cent cheaper than traditional approaches.
The Lincoln new build was prompted by a shortage of primary school places in Lincoln which saw the reception year children being taught from a classroom two miles away from the new school.
The new class started school at the new building in January and will be followed by a new set of pupils each September until the school is home to a full intake of four to 11-year-olds.
Marie-Clare Bretherton, Executive Head Teacher at the school, said the pupils were settling in well and were very excited about the new building. A particular strength of the school which all the pupils enjoy is its open and spacious ‘learning street’ which features break out areas for cooking, story-telling and craft activities.
Ms Bretherton said: “The children were absolutely delighted to finally move in to their new classrooms and their new school.
“The spacious ‘learning street’ and colourful classrooms definitely have the wow factor. Parents and children are delighted with the new building. We now have an incredible learning environment that we are so proud of.
“We’ve also been able to open our doors to the local community and have started to host courses, leadership training and conferences, welcoming over 200 guests to the school.”
Scape Chief Executive Mark Robinson said the success of Sunesis was based on meeting key challenges facing local authorities across the country.
He said: “Lincoln Carlton Academy is a perfect example of how Sunesis is responding to the needs of local authorities.
“At the moment, their focus is on making sure there is adequate provision for children at school, but this is tied up with ensuring budgets are stuck to and time frames are met.
“Sunesis does just that. With Sunesis there are no compromises on quality and projects are delivered far quicker and more cost-effectively than traditionally designed and procured alternatives.”
Sunesis was established to address the growing needs of the public sector which needed to procure new facilities at fixed prices in order to maximize its squeezed budgets.
For more information about Sunesis, please visit: www.sunesisbuild.co.uk.