Currie & Brown's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) team has been awarded a prestigious contract from Halton Borough Council to provide technical advice and cost consultancy services on its £100m BSF programme.
The £100m project will see up to 8 secondary schools, three special schools and two pupil referral units either replaced or refurbished by the end of 2013.
In bidding for the work, Pip Hesketh, Currie & Brown's lead in BSF, was supported by a strategic team drawn from the firm's London and Manchester offices. This collaborative approach to BSF has already paid dividends for the firm, which won a similar contract for Nottinghamshire County Council's £150m programme in a former rural coalfield area earlier this month.
Pip Hesketh Head of BSF at Currie & Brown said: "Our BSF strategy relies on working with mixed teams selected from each of the regional offices to build both regional and national capacity so that we have sustainable expertise and a legacy of knowledge and skills across the country.
"BSF has been identified as a core element of our expansion plans. Our focus is high customer service based on a solid foundation of technical expertise and a good understanding of the educational impact of the solutions we propose."
Sustainability and green issues across energy, materials and sustainability of the buildings themselves are important elements of the BSF programme at Halton, Pip Hesketh again:
"This is an exciting time to be involved in construction projects especially those that are building in sustainability for local communities. One of the areas we are looking at is how we can deliver up to 20 per cent of the schools' total energy requirements through renewable sources, such as ground source heat pumps.
"We were delighted to be chosen by Halton Borough Council to help them turn their vision for secondary education into a sustainable reality."
As the Director tasked with doubling fee income from its London office by 2011, Iain Stevenson said "The latest wins at Halton and Nottinghamshire are great news and build on strong recent performance from our education team, keeping us on target with our growth plans in this fiercely competitive market"
Notes to Editors
1. Currie & Brown is a global asset management consultancy headquartered in London, with 13 regional sites across the UK, and offices throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, Australia, the Americas and associated offices in Africa.
2. Currie & Brown provides specialist expertise and consultancy services to key accounts and clients from four operating service divisions: Project Management, Cost Management, Consulting and Business Consultancy.
3. The company employs over 1000 people worldwide: 500 in the UK (50/50 split Scotland and England) and a further 500 in more than 50 overseas territories.
4. It is one of the world’s top 10 consultancies whose clients include Marks & Spencer, Royal Bank of Scotland, BBC, BAA, BP, Land Securities Trillium and Shell Exploration.