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18 February 2019

Campus Whitehaven opens to pupils and the community, UK

A new build campus providing education and community facilities has opened in Whitehaven, Cumbria, UK. The £30 million project provides a new secondary school for St Benedict’s Catholic High and Mayfield Special School, as well as community facilities. Mott MacDonald provided project management, technical advisory and cost consultancy services to Cumbria County Council on the project, while Wates Construction Limited were the design and build contractor.

Funded by The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Copeland Community Fund, and Cumbria County Council, the campus includes new state of the art facilities on the current St Benedict’s site which replace existing buildings, radically improving the teaching and learning environment and creating the potential for boosting students’ aspiration and attainment. The campus has also increased the social amenities in Whitehaven by creating a number of wider initiatives for pupils and the local community.

Work carried out by Mott MacDonald included establishing of a client brief, the procurement of a design and build contractor, monitoring design development, agreeing contract documents, as well as contract administration throughout construction.

Martyn Frackleton, Mott MacDonald’s project manager, said: “It’s been fantastic to work on such a transformative project for Whitehaven. The campus is already in use and being enjoyed by pupils who are using the new space to learn and have fun.”

The final stage of the project will include the demolition of the old school building and completing the grass pitches on site.

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