Celebrating ISG’s latest SEMH school successes in the North West

NWCH Framework Partner, ISG, has successfully delivered its latest programme of schools for Manchester City Council (MCC), catering for students with social, emotional and mental health (SEMH) needs. The completed schools opened for the start of the 2021 academic year and provide excellent teaching and learning environments. The fully equipped facilities will enable students’ individual learning needs to be addressed and allow them to gain vital skills and reach their full academic potential.

Alan Braven, Executive Headteacher of the Endeavour Federation, who manage two of the three schools, said:

“ISG has worked proactively and collaboratively with us to deliver high quality new SEMH schools at Castlefield Campus and Southern Cross School. ISG’s dedication, commitment and understanding of our requirements was evident throughout.”

Key achievements for the projects, which were delivered on time and to budget, despite taking place during the unprecedented global pandemic, include: zero health and safety incidents on site; over £5,700 in donations made to the schools and communities, including computer kits to support home schooling during the lockdowns; 267 apprentice weeks provided; seven jobs created for individuals from disadvantaged groups; and 26 educational activities coordinated. The schemes are also on track to achieve BREEAM ‘Very Good’ environmental assessment ratings.

Andy Partington, MCC’s Principal Project Manager, said:

“It has been a pleasure working with ISG; they have delivered three outstanding new SEMH schools in Greater Manchester. These schools are a great addition to their local communities and the staff are delighted with their new facilities. ISG has adopted a collaborative approach at all times, maintaining delivery timescales through the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Having worked on previous Manchester City Council school projects with ISG, the teams were once again consistent in their approach, which allowed for effective communication and a high-quality build. In addition, there have been notable social value successes across the three projects, adding considerable value to local people and communities”.

Paul Collins, ISG’s Framework Manager, commented:

“We are delighted to have completed another successful programme of works for Manchester City Council. Despite the challenges of Covid-19, we were able to progress these important schemes, achieved through effective partnership working across the whole team. This ethos is integral to the North West Construction Hub and a key driver of its continued success as a procurement partner for public sector schemes across the region.”

This recent completion follows the delivery a programme of ten educational basic need (EBN) primary schools for MCC to meet demand for additional form entry, also procured via the North West Construction Hub framework. Delivered across two phases, the programme was completed in time for the 2018/19 academic year.

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