inspiredspaces achieved financial close on the South Tyneside and Gateshead ( STaG ) BSF project in December 2007. inspiredspaces is the private sector partner in the Local Education Partnership ( LEP ) along with Partnerships for Schools, South Tyneside and Gateshead Councils and Royal Bank of Scotland.
South Tyneside and Gateshead Councils have established a unique and forward thinking partnership to deliver BSF and transform the lives of future generations and inspiredspaces are now in the process of turning that vision into reality.
The partnership between STaG and inspiredspaces is to facilitate the achievement of STaG ’s vision of educational transformation through the procurement of appropriate school accommodation and related services. By creating radically improved school environments and educational climates, in partnership we will create the transformational step change for learners and the wider communities. The key objectives are:
The LEP will deliver 9 secondary schools in the current wave of the BSF programme along with a possible additional 4 SEN schools for South Tyneside, with a total area of approximately 100,000 square metres. The schools will either be a new build PFI or refurbished through a design and build contract. The LEP will also deliver ICT through a managed service to all schools across the project and provide facilities management services to the new build PFI schools over the life of the 25 year concession contract.
Construction work is being carried out in three phases, the first of which started on site in January 2008 with all schools being open to pupils by 2012.
In Gateshead the LEP is developing projects for The Thomas Hepburn Community School and Heworth Grange Comprehensive School. These schools are both refurbishment projects but include a significant amount of new build on both sites along with improvements to the external spaces to provide enhanced social and learning environments. Both of these projects started on site in 2009 and will be complete for 2011.
If you have any queries about the BSF Project in Gateshead please contact Sandra Punton on 0191 433 3384 and if you would like to find out more about the South Tyneside Projects please visit their website below.