This ambitious programme provided a city-wide approach to renewing the whole of the secondary education and special needs school estate. The aim was to transform learning across Hull, while embracing and enhancing the needs of individual learners, local communities and the city's social and economic infrastructure.

Robertson Capital Projects, as a partner in the The Esteem Consortium, joined Hull City Council and Partnerships for Schools (via Building Schools for the Future Investments) to form a Local Education Partnership (LEP) focused on driving forward a range of long-term, best-value partnering initiatives.

Kingswood Academy

Investing in the heart of the community

Hull's BSF investment programme used both capital and PFI funding to deliver:

The programme was delivered in three phases, with the initial construction beginning in March 2010.

Seven of the nine community secondary schools were new buildings with a programme of major remodelling for all the others. Each new school or "learning centre" was also designed to be central to its own community, incorporating flexible spaces for sport, theatre, adult learning classes and other events.

The first new school was opened by September 2011 with the final two completed in 2014.

It’s a real privilege to have developed schools that have clearly had such a profound impact on the young people they are there to serve. Feedback from the students themselves are testament to the fact that we delivered on our promises and students really are benefiting from 21st century facilities in Hull.

– Sam Whitaker, chief executive, Hull Esteem Consortium


Andrew Marvell College

Maintaining the investment across multiple sites

Robertson, with support from Sewell Group, is providing FM services for seven of the schools in Hull, with the contract extending over a period of 25 years. We deliver site-based management, cleaning, caretaking and engineering personnel including maintenance of biomass boilers and a gas combined heat and power unit.

We provide total FM for three secondary PFI schools: Winifred Holtby Academy, Andrew Marvell College and Kingswood Academy

Two special educational needs PFI schools benefit from total FM services: Oakfield Special School and Tweendykes Special School (which is incorporated within the Winifred Holtby Academy building).

Hard FM services are provided for one design & build secondary school: Archbishop Sentamu Academy.

We also provide a single Information and Communications Technology management service across the school estate.

Delivering savings through energy performance

The FM contract included an emphasis on efficient energy consumption, with a guaranteed level of savings agreed annually.

In 2013/14 we achieved a reduction of 11.4% (6.28% normalised) through the installation of and improvement to pumps, electric motors, lighting and catering facilities including refrigeration and office equipment. This was against a target of 10% agreed in the Annual Energy Target element of our contract.

During 2015, we also reclaimed the climate change levy and VAT totalling around £70k for the Academy schools in this contract.

Additional areas of potential savings have been identified by proactively monitoring dataloggers installed on all utilities, which led to changes that reduced consumption over the summer break by around 16%.

Winifred Holtby FM services

Contributing to the local community

The FM team uses local resources, specialist contractors and businesses are employed for goods and materials. This keeps a large portion of the investment within Hull and the surrounding area, benefiting the local communities in which we serve.

There has been a 12.5% increase in GCSEs passed at a grade C or above since the new schools opened.

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