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Campus Whitehaven


12 July

Check out the pictures from the start of construction ceremony (click the pic for full gallery).

Campus Whitehaven


12 July 2017

At the start of construction ceremony we spoke to some of the people involved in the project.

VIDEO:Wondering what the new Campus Whitehaven will look like? Watch our virtual reality fly throughs.

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VIDEO: Simon Humphrey's from Wates Construction Ltd explains how the build is progressing.

VIDEO: Watch David Moore, Chair of Copeland Community Fund, explain the role of the CCF and his hopes for the new Campus. 

VIDEO: Watch Cllr David Southward, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, give his take on the start of construction.

 


12 July 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Campus ceremony marks start of construction

An official ceremony to mark the start of construction of the new Campus Whitehaven took place on site today. The event brought together representatives from the organisations behind the project, main contractor Wates Construction, and most importantly students from the two schools set to be transformed by the campus project.

Preparatory works to clear the site have now been completed, including the installation of haul roads, site hoardings and environmental protection measures. Wates commenced main construction works on 8 May with the foundations being laid to make way for the building's 700-tonne steel frame, which is now under construction.

Throughout the project, Wates has pledged to engage local supply chain partners, a commitment that has so far seen the contractor spend £7m with local suppliers and sub-contractors.

The new campus is scheduled to open its doors to students in September 2018.

Wates worked with parents, students and the wider community on the design and layout of the new schools and sports facilities. The final designs will maximise the educational and broader health and well-being benefits of the new campus approach.

The unprecedented £30million investment in the campus comes from a range of partners including The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Copeland Community Fund, and Cumbria County Council. 

The campus will include new state of the art facilities for St Benedict's Catholic High School and Mayfield Special School and bring them together on the current St Benedict's site replacing the buildings, radically improving the teaching and learning environment and creating the potential for boosting students' aspiration and attainment.

As part of an approach, aimed at improving the whole community's health and well-being as well as education, the project includes new, community accessible, sports provision on the campus site.

Overall the project is about investing in the future of West Cumbria, ensuring that there is the knowledge, skills and good health in the community to get the most from the opportunities presented by the anticipated growth of the nuclear and renewables industry.

Paul Vallance, the NDA's Director of Communication & Stakeholder Relations said:

 "This is a hugely significant moment for the area.

 "Campus Whitehaven will help the community take its future into its own hands by providing an inspirational learning environment for young people, helping them to take advantage of employment opportunities.

 "It will also be an important asset for the whole community, offering access to top-class sports facilities and lifelong learning with potential to improve the lives of thousands of local people.

"I would like to say a massive thanks for the hard work of the many people have contributed to this project so far, and look forward to seeing the Campus grow to completion in the coming months."

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West, said:

"By consulting closely with our clients and the wider community, we have developed a comprehensive understanding of their hopes and aspirations, as well as those of parents and students, for the new Campus Whitehaven. We have an excellent team in place and are now well underway with the next step in creating this state-of-the-art centre for learning and sport.

"Wates' growing presence in Cumbria over the past year has seen us bring to the region our industry expertise, as well as our commitment to using a local supply chain, both of which will make Campus Whitehaven a significant success for all involved."

Willie Slavin, Chair of Governors, said:

"This formal groundbreaking ceremony is the culmination of several years commitment and planning. The governors of the school are delighted to see the realisation of this exciting project. The re-build of St Benedict's school and co-location with our friends and colleagues at Mayfieid school is a clear demonstration of our positive futures."

For the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster and Chair of the Lancaster Diocesan Trustees, Bishop Michael Campbell OSA, said:

"The Lancaster Diocesan Trustees and I are delighted that the Diocese is part of this exciting initiative investing in our young people -  central to and developing upon our vision for the formation of the whole person with the best possible facilities to assist this ."Gillian Temple, Head teacher of Mayfield School, said:

"This event marks a significant step towards the provision of our new schools. We are very excited to see the plans becoming a reality. Wates have been proactive in enabling all of our pupils to visit the site."

We are looking forward to the new and innovative learning opportunities which will be realised through the Campus project and the positive impact that it will have on the whole Community.

Cllr David Southward, Cumbria County Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said:

"This is a moment to celebrate, we're now seeing the bricks and mortar realisation of what was once just an idea. There's been a huge amount of work by all the partners to get to this point and it's genuinely exciting to think about this Campus will do for local young people and the area as a whole. I'm very much looking forward to seeing the build take shape!"

Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, said:

"I'm proud to help mark this exciting milestone in a state-of-the-art project that will be transformational for the lives of so many young people in our community for generations to come.

"Myself, Copeland Council, and the whole community are excited by this project and looking forward to the development of a world-class environment of teaching, development and growth, with enhanced sporting facilities for all to enjoy"

David Moore, Chair of Copeland Community Fund Board, said:

"The Fund is delighted to see such visible progress towards the achievement of a new Campus. Through our £3m investment, our focus as a Fund is on the provision of new, accessible, community sports facilities on the campus site."


29 July 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Plans for Campus Whitehaven take shape with contractor announcement

Following significant work behind the scenes, today the partnership leading the development of the new Campus Whitehaven are announcing the preferred contractor for the design and build of the multi-million pound project. The announcement means work on site is now likely to begin in February next year.

Following a competitive process Wates have been appointed by Cumbria County Council on behalf of the partners, and between now and the end of November they will be working to develop the designs for the new campus. That will include consultation with parents, pupils and the wider local community who will be asked for their views on the design and layout of the new schools and sports facilities. The design process will also consider how to maximise the educational and broader health and well-being benefits of the new campus approach.

The final designs will then allow the project to move into its next phase, with submission of a planning application anticipated in mid-December. Based on current timelines the campus could be opening its door to pupils in September 2018.

The unprecedented £30million investment in the campus will come from a range of partners including The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Sellafield Ltd, Copeland Borough Council, Copeland Community Fund, and Cumbria County Council. 

The campus proposal will include new state of the art facilities for St Benedict's Catholic High School and Mayfield Special School and bring them together on the current St Benedict's site replacing the buildings, radically improving the teaching and learning environment and creating the potential for boosting pupils' aspiration and attainment.

As part of an approach, aimed at improving the whole community's health and well-being as well as education, the project includes new, community accessible, sports provision on the campus site. 

Overall the project is about investing in the future of West Cumbria, ensuring that there is the knowledge, skills and good health in the community to get the most from the opportunities presented by the anticipated growth of the nuclear and renewables industry.

Jamie Reed MP, said:

"This is huge step forward and we now have a clear timetable for work on the ground getting underway. There is now a fantastic opportunity for pupils and the local community to get involved in the design of the new campus. I am personally very interested to see what they come up with. That we have got to this point is testament to a lot of effort behind the scenes by the partnership. This is great example of what can be done when organisations work together."

Tony Shenton, Business Unit Director, Wates Construction North West, said:

"The partners leading the development of Campus Whitehaven share a vision to create a state-of-the-art centre for learning and sport, and Wates' extensive experience in education positions us as the ideal contracting partner to take this forward.

"Wates' growing presence in Cumbria has seen us launch a significant local economic benefits strategy to ensure that our work is a catalyst for the region's economy. As such, we will now be working with local supply chain partners and training providers to generate training and employment opportunities throughout the build programme."

Pete Lutwyche, the NDA's Chief Operating Officer said.

"This project offers a unique opportunity for west Cumbria which will bring huge benefits to the community for many generations to come. The campus will help raise aspirations and attainment and ensure the area can make the most of the exciting opportunities on the horizon.

"This reflects the share aims of the NDA and Sellafield Ltd to ensure we work in partnership with communities to ensure as many people as possible benefit from the Sellafield decommissioning programme." 

Cllr David Southward, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Property, said:

"This remarkable project has incredible potential to transform the education of young people in Whitehaven and improve the health and well-being of the whole community. With Wates coming on board today the project will start becoming much more real for local people who'll be able to get involved and help shape what the campus will look like and how it will work. It's exciting to see the project progress and I'm very much looking forward to seeing the final designs."

Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie, said:

"I am very pleased that, following the decision to build the campus, the whole process has moved forward significantly by the choice of Wates as the preferred contractor. I think the whole community is so very excited by this project and looking forward to the development of a world class environment of teaching, development and growth, with enhanced sporting facilities for the whole community to enjoy."

For the Catholic Diocese of Lancaster and Chair of the Lancaster Diocesan Trustees, Bishop Michael Campbell OSA said:

"I am delighted that the Diocese is part of this exciting initiative investing in our young people."

Willie Slavin, Chair of Governors at St Benedict's,said:

"The Governing Body is delighted to join with Mayfield School on this exciting project. Both schools are dedicated to excellence in education and achieving the best for the children in the most inclusive manner. We are encouraged by the appointment of Wates as the contractor as they have already demonstrated their understanding of the specific demands of meeting the many and varied needs of the children in our schools."

Gillian Temple, head teacher of Mayfield School, said:

"This announcement marks a significant step towards the provision of our new school. We are looking forward to working with Wates to make our dream become a reality. It will enable our Outstanding Special school to provide new and exciting learning opportunities for many more children and young people, their families and the local community.  This will secure our school for the future as a centre of excellence and provide a focus for research, training and development in special education and inclusivity."


30 July 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Bright future for Whitehaven following campus agreement

Plans for a new education campus and community sports facilities in Whitehaven have taken a huge step forward with confirmation that the necessary multi-million pound funding package is now in place enabling the project to move to a more detailed planning phase, including consultation with the local school communities.

The unprecedented £33million investment will come from a range of partners including Britain's Energy Coast, Copeland Community Fund, Cumbria County Council, the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and Sellafield Ltd. 

The campus proposal will include new state of the art facilities for St Benedict's Catholic High School and Mayfield Special School and bring them together on the current St Benedict's site replacing the buildings, radically improving the teaching and learning environment and creating the potential for boosting pupils' aspiration and attainment.

As part of a two pronged approach, aimed at improving the whole community's health and well-being as well as education, the proposal includes new, community accessible, sports provision on the campus site as well as new and refurbished facilities at Whitehaven Sports Centre.

Overall the proposal is about investing in Copeland's future, ensuring that there is the knowledge, skills and good health in the community to get the most from the opportunities presented by the anticipated growth of the nuclear and renewables industry.

With confirmation of the availability of funding, consultation with parents, pupils and the wider local community is set to start in September. The consultation will look at the design and layout of the new schools and sports facilities, as well as considering how to maximise the educational and broader health and well-being benefits of the new campus approach.

On current plans building work on the new campus could start as early as next summer, with the campus opening in 2018.

Jamie Reed MP, said:

"This has been a passion of mine for a decade now. The work has been painstaking and at times gruelling but this shows what can be achieved when we all share a common vision.

"These investments will be transformative for Whitehaven and for thousands of young people and their families now and in the future. It's an enormous step forward. New schools, a new hospital, new nuclear investments. We're building a new and exciting future and our best days are ahead of us.

"It's a remarkable project, many doubted we could achieve it, but we don't stop here - there's more to be done. I'm personally grateful to all of the partners for backing the vision - and my message for the people of Copeland is clear: prepare to succeed."

Cllr Stewart Young, Leader of Cumbria County Council, said:

"Assembling a funding package of this size in the current financial climate is an incredible achievement. With the new campus, the potential is there to really transform the education of young people in Whitehaven and improve the health and well-being of the whole community. There has been a huge amount of work behind the scenes over the past two years to make this happen and all the funders are to be congratulated for grasping the opportunity this project presents. It is this kind of visionary approach the area needs to respond to the demand that will be created by the future growth of the nuclear and renewables industries. This really is a moment to celebrate."

John Clarke, CEO of the NDA said:

"We well understand the need to ensure local young people have the opportunity to benefit from the career opportunities that the nuclear industry can provide. We have over a 100 year mission at Sellafield and ensuring we can attract a motivated skilled workforce well into the future is crucial to our success. Also by improving facilities in the area that benefit the wider population creates an exciting package of infrastructure developments, building on other investments we have made across West Cumbria."

Mayor of Copeland, Mike Starkie said:

"This is a great investment in education and sports facilities for the people of Copeland. I am pleased that Copeland Council has been a catalyst for this project. Working together, collaboratively we have been able to achieve this agreement."

Chairman of Copeland Community Fund, John Rowlands said:

"Copeland Community Fund have a strong track record in supporting projects enabling community wellbeing.  The Campus will be provide access to new and improved sporting facilities for residents of Copeland through our support of the project.  This will build on the strong socio economic work of the fund in enabling new community facilities, addressing local health indicators and helping residents develop their potential."

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Key Facts

Title: Campus Whitehaven

Project: Creation of new shared education campus for Mayfield School and St Benedict's Catholic High School and community sports facilities.

Budget: £30.8million

Completion: September 2018

Partners: Cumbria County Council, Sellafield Ltd, NDA, Copeland Community Fund, Copeland Borough Council, Diocese of Lancaster, St Benedict's and Mayfield schools.

Main contractor: Wates Construction Ltd