I have now seen three articles in Building identifying failed or overspent academy projects (13 April, 21 April and 5 May). I would like to redress the balance.
The City of London Academy in Southwark, sponsored by the Corporation of London was completed on time and to budget, despite a last minute change of site, using project partnering under the contract PPC2000. The project was recognised as a Department for Education and Skills exemplar and won the DTI/Constructing Excellence Medium-sized Project of the Year at the Quality in Construction Awards 2006.
The building has 90% natural ventilation, with classrooms lit by daylight for nine months of the year, and its sustainability achievements were praised in a speech at the school by Jonathan Porritt.
The corporation is sponsoring two further academy projects using the same collaborative approach.
David Mosey, partner, Trowers & Hamlins