School success for Ward Hadaway | 29 November 10

Experts from law firm Ward Hadaway have played their part in helping to secure better education facilities for pupils on Teesside.

Members of Ward Hadaway’s construction team advised Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council on the £4.75m redevelopment of Dormanstown Primary School near Redcar.

Work is already under way at the site and is expected to be finished in time for the new school year in September 2011.

Once completed, the project will result in a striking new building for the school and its 240 pupils, who were involved in the design process for the redevelopment.

As a result of their feedback, the new school will be largely created from glass, with a coloured metal cladding - reflecting the area’s steel heritage - used for areas including the main hall, entrance and nursery.

Ward Hadaway’s construction team advised Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council on the appointment of the professional team to carry out the project and on the building contract for the new school.

Ralph Wrighton, partner and head of construction at Ward Hadaway, said: “It is always a pleasure to be involved on schemes like this which make a real difference to the local community.

“The new school is already taking shape and it must be exciting for the pupils to see it being built.

“Once completed, the new school will provide a wealth of learning opportunities for the children at Dormanstown and it is rewarding to think that we have played a part in making that happen.”

The new school is being built by construction company Kier North East.

The scheme is being managed by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council’s capital projects team with Gardiner & Theobald as the appointed project management consultants.

Space Group is the appointed architect and Cundall the appointed civil, construction and service engineer.

Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council secured Primary Capital Programme funding for the work.

Councillor Ian Jeffrey, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services and Education, said: “This project will provide absolutely first-class facilities for generations of children to come and we are delighted that work is now well under way.”

Dormanstown Primary School is the latest in a series of North-East building projects which Ward Hadaway’s construction team has advised on.

Other schemes include the £20m redevelopment of the Haymarket Metro Station in Newcastle and the former Northern Rock Tower in Gosforth, where the team advised Newcastle City Council on the construction aspects of the acquisition of the building, since renamed Partnership House.

Elsewhere, the construction team has advised on a variety of schemes in sectors including process engineering, commercial property, housebuilding, and retail.

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