We've secured a series of education sector contracts worth over £1.5 million

  22 JUNE, 2017
We've secured a series of education sector contracts worth over £1.5 million

We've secured a number of extensive refurbishment contracts at academies and universities across the UK this summer.

We will be working with five academies on scheduled works ranging from small redecoration projects to large-scale refurbishments. Works will be carefully scheduled to be carried out over the summer holiday period to avoid disruption to pupils and staff where possible.  

In Staffordshire, we will be undertaking a programme of fire compartmentation works at Chesterton Community Sports College to the value of £462,000, as well as a £140,000 refurb for Holden Lane Primary School in Stoke-on-Trent. The primary school is part of the City Learning Trust along with Haywood Academy, which we have completed a number of projects for in recent years. 

In the North East, we will be turning our attention to Percy Hedley School in Newcastle to undertake refurbishment works valued at close to £100,000. The project will improve the facilities at the school which aims to make a difference to the learning, wellbeing and future life chances of children with additional needs. We will also be undertaking a £270,000 refurbishment including the removal of external wall cladding, and asbestos before installing new EWI and windows at Barnwell Academy through the government’s new Condition Improvement Fund.

This summer the team from our Manchester office will be completing maintenance and painting works at Manchester Grammar School. Redecoration works we previously completed for the school’s ornate Memorial Hall were highly commended at the Professional Decorating Association’s Premier Trophy Awards two years ago.

In addition to our work with schools and academies, we also secured contracts with several universities to refurbish their student accommodation facilities.

Works include upgrading two apartment buildings at the prestigious University of St. Andrews in Scotland and refurbishing the communal kitchens at David Moxon Annexe and Chantry student residences at Southampton Solent University. This summer our teams will also be carrying out various alterations as part of a large refurbishment at Meadow Court Lodge for the University of Leicester, kitchen replacements at Aston University in Birmingham and a programme of refurbishment works including flooring, plumbing, electrical works and internal redecoration at the University of Worcester.

We also recently secured a large exterior refurb contract with Homes for Students in Liverpool plus a maintenance and refurbishment contract with iQ Students in Bristol. The £600,000 contract with iQ Students covers various works including redecoration, flooring and lighting upgrades as well as kitchen and bathroom replacements.

Together with our long-running partnerships with large nationwide student accommodation providers Unite and UPP, we expect to refurbish in the region of 2,000 student bedrooms by the end of this year.

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NOVUS AND DULUX DONATE MATERIALS TO A LOCAL SPECIAL SCHOOL

Novus were already working on a building refurbishment contract at Horton Lodge Special School in Rudyard, where 3 respite overnight bedrooms were in need of redecoration. Novus and supply partner Dulux were happy to donate materials to the cause.  Horton Lodge Community Special School Situated in the picturesque lakeside village of Rudyard in Staffordshire, lies Horton Lodge School. As a special school, it aims to "provide high-quality teaching and learning where children are challenged and every individual is valued." The school caters for children aged from 2 to 11 years with physical disabilities, with many of the pupils experiencing additional learning difficulties, complex communication needs, and visual and / or hearing impairments. As the Stoke Sentinel reported in September, Horton Lodge was one of five Staffordshire schools that stood to lose funding for children’s overnight stays from this term before the funding cuts were ultimately put on hold. The refurbishment contract Horton Lodge has a residential provision known as "Kiplings" so named due to its proximity to Lake Rudyard. Kiplings is designed and managed to provide a homely environment for the school's children and young people.  The provision is designed to help build independent living skills as children learn to feed and bathe themselves, read to each other, and take part in creative activities. As part of the works, 3 bedrooms within Kiplings were in desperate need of refurbishment and redecoration, as the windows tended to leak into the rooms causing damp damage to the flooring and skirting. Novus were awarded the contract to carry out the refurbishments on the school, these works included: Refitting windows and doors to bedrooms Replacing the carpets Roof repairs Boiler replacement Shower refurbishments When complete, the refurbishments were described as a "real boost" to the school by the Headteacher. Donation of materials At the time, Horton Lodge were asking for donations of paint and curtains to redecorate their bedrooms in time for the return of the children after the summer break. Novus sourced the curtains and window tracks from a local Staffordshire supplier and donated them for use in the bedrooms. Supply partners Dulux also kindly donated the paint required to redecorate the bedrooms, which equated to over 65 litres free of charge. The school caretaker then decorated the bedrooms himself. Chris Lear, Senior Quantity Surveyor at Novus Property Solutions said: "It was our pleasure to donate these materials to Horton Lodge, the work they do with young people here is inspirational and we hope the children enjoy their new bedrooms."

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