Finley Structures newsletter 14 - Winter 2018 - Page 4


Finley Structures is hoping to benefit from what it says is a construction boom in the education sector .

The Newton Aycliffe-based fabrication

specialists have won two more education contracts which come off the back of several projects in the sector over the last year . Finley Structures have previously helped to build Roundhay School in Leeds for Interserve Construction , Ryde Academy on the Isle of Wight for Sir Robert McAlpine , Doncaster Sixth Form College for BAM Construction , George Mitchell School in London for Bowmer and Kirkland and SEMH School in Seacroft , East Leeds , also for Interserve . The firm earlier this year worked on a 337-tonne project for Bowmer and Kirkland , to fabricate and erect Krishna Avanti School in Edgware , London . And Finley also fabricated and erected the steel frame for The Curve in Middlesbrough – Teesside University ’ s eye-catching structure in Middlesbrough which has won a series of accolades . The £ 20m Curve building , which opened in 2015 , was rated ‘ Excellent ’ by the Building Research Establishment as part of its BREEAM ( Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method ) standard , the world ’ s longest established method of assessing , rating , and certifying the sustainability of buildings , and also won three architecture awards at the 2016 Royal
Institution of Chartered Surveyors ( RICS ) North East Awards . Finley Structures has now won two new education contracts involving a total of nearly 1,000 tonnes of steel – a 625-tonne contract at Bannerdale School in Sheffield for Bam Construction which is now complete , and a 360-tonne project at the University of Hull for Henry Boot Construction . Finley ’ s estimating manager Andrew Workman said : “ We ’ ve completed several projects in the education sector over the last year and these two new contracts underline our reputation in the industry . “ We ’ re seeing a definite upward curve in education contracts at the moment , with particularly universities looking to expand . “ Newcastle , Durham , Teesside , Leeds , Lincoln , York , Warwick , Coventry , Birmingham and Bristol universities are all building , and
Andrew Workman at Teesside University
we ’ re tendering for a lot of work in that sector at the moment , which is very promising .” Finley is working for the first time with national contractor Henry Boot Construction , which has sites in Derbyshire and Manchester , on a new Sports Village at the University of Hull , involving 360 tonnes of steel . And Finley has recently completed work for Bam Construction at Bannerdale School , Sheffield , involving 625 tonnes of steel as well as installing pre-cast concrete floor planks , four pre-cast concrete stair cases , a lift shaft and ground beams . “ The education sector , in particular , has been a significant area of growth for us in recent months . Ironically , it was this sector which really kept us going through the recession post 2008-09 ,” added Workman .