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Significant milestone reached as Millside Spencer Academy tops out

Morgan Sindall


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Topping out ceremony Millside Spencer Academy

A topping out ceremony has marked a major milestone at a new £9.2m school in Nottingham, which will create vital school places for a village.

SCAPE is supporting the delivery of Millside Spencer Academy in East Leake, working in collaboration with its partner, Morgan Sindall and on behalf of Arc Partnership, a joint venture between SCAPE and Nottinghamshire County Council.

Once the keys to the school are handed over this summer, it will provide 315 primary and 26 nursery places in the heart of the new David Wilson Homes housing development, The Skylarks.

The school, which will be run by Spencer Academies Trust, is part of a £14m investment in education in East Leake, by Nottinghamshire County Council. The two-storey building includes 8 classrooms, a nursery, a library, a food-tech room, a hall and dance studio.

The project utilised Building Information Modelling (BIM) during the design and delivery stages, benefitting from coordinated and clash detected 3D models which also helped give greater programme certainty. The approach has also been adopted to promote sustainability: modular builds were used for the construction of the Temporary Learning Village, which involves creating the property offsite in a factory and produces 45% less carbon than traditional methods.

Supporting the council’s move toward low carbon solutions, the school has been designed to have high levels of building fabric insulation, and a range of sustainable features including an all-electric strategy, meaning no fossil fuel will be burnt on site.

Sara Williams, Head of Pre-construction at Arc Partnership

Social value has been a large focus throughout the development. As part of its commitment to achieving social value on all SCAPE projects, Morgan Sindall organised several school tours and university visits for undergraduate quantity surveyors from Nottingham Trent University.

Within the community, the team has collected for local food banks and helped the school with the set-up of its forest school. Ukrainian refugees have also found employment on site through social enterprises Recycling Lives and Radiant Cleaners.

A further commitment for Morgan Sindall has been its its local spend with subcontractors within 20 miles, and its target of 30% has already been exceeded.

We are thrilled to mark the progress at Millside Spencer Academy with a topping out ceremony which highlights another significant project through Arc Partnership. We are delivering a school which will not only create vital pupil places, but also inspiring and modern learning environments which is integral to childrens’ learning. We will continue to engage with the local community through our social value initiatives and work towards our net zero goals as we near completion this summer.

Richard Fielding, area director at Morgan Sindall