Newcastle surveyors complete £400,000 school work

A team of chartered surveyors has helped breathe new life into an academy school which was ruined by flooding

St Bede’s Catholic School in Lanchester, County Durham before the renovation work
St Bede’s Catholic School in Lanchester, County Durham before the renovation work

A team of chartered surveyors has helped breathe new life into an academy school which was ruined by flooding.

Newcastle-based Harrow Consulting LLP has overseen the £400,000 design, planning and ground-floor renovation work at St Bede’s Catholic School and Sixth Form College in Lanchester, County Durham.

The floods, which happened in late May, forced the school to close large sections of its facilities.

The water damage completely ruined its old red ash sports pitches.

Partner at Harrow LLP, Graeme Harker, said: “It has been a very tight deadline to work to. Work started the moment the pupils left for the summer and, as promised, we had everything finished and ready for the first day of term.

“It’s a project we’re very proud of, as we think we’ve been able to vastly improve facilities for everyone connected with the Academy and, crucially, try to mitigate against any further flood damage in the future.”

As part of the work, Harrow has created a much-improved food technology room. Ian Merrington, director of academy services added: “We’re hugely grateful to the team at Harrow, whose assistance has proved crucial over the summer months. The team worked with us in partnership, to minimise disruption and in austere times, provided fantastic value for money.

“In terms of service delivery and ensuring quality of workmanship the team has been second to none. Graeme Harker has delivered the project within very tight timescales and I am very grateful for his highly effective support and advice.”

A new 3G all-weather sports pitch which has a rubber crumb infill and shock pad under the turf, called an e-layer, is due for completion later this year.

Harrow Consulting has also been busy overseeing the £2.5m expansion of the Darlington College campus on Haughton Road in Darlington this summer.

The building consultancy, which recently moved to new offices at Clavering House in Newcastle, was formed in 2010 by Nick Rowling and Graeme Harker.

The firm, which designs and manages everything from house extensions to conversion work, recently completed a £750,000 refurbishment of a 46-bed care home for Four Seasons Healthcare.

Harrow has also been appointed to provide pre-acquisition advice on the Milburn Quarter development in Newcastle city centre, which will comprise both retail and commercial space.

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