G F Tomlinson starts work at Lincoln Castle Academy

L-R Matthew Stapleton (LCC), Craig Stopper (GFT), Louise Laming (LCA), David Fretwell (GFT).

G F Tomlinson has started works at Lincoln Castle Academy, on Riseholme Road in the city of Lincoln, marking its first building project on site through Scape’s Regional Construction framework.

The new four-year framework, which commenced in February this year, provides construction services for public sector projects in the Midlands and East of England, placing emphasis on creating opportunities for local SME’s within its supply chain thanks to embedded social value capture.

The works to the Academy are being undertaken to improve and expand its current teaching facilities to offer its 850+ pupils a more comfortable and inspiring learning environment.

G F Tomlinson, which has delivered numerous educational projects with Scape over the last four years, will undertake most of the works during the summer holiday period to minimise disruption to the school.

Once complete, the Academy will boast a new textiles room, food technology room as well as a new and improved library, all of which are expected to be ready for the new school term in September. The Academy’s servery area will also be refurbished to create a more open space to accommodate its growing number of pupils.

Craig Stopper, frameworks manager at G F Tomlinson, said: “It’s fantastic to have started work on our first Regional Construction framework project and to have the opportunity to provide upgraded facilities for Lincoln Castle Academy.

“It’s been a pleasure to reach this milestone with Scape, Lincolnshire County Council and the Academy and we look forward to delivering more projects throughout the region under the framework.”

Matthew Stapleton, project manager at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “The team at G F Tomlinson has been excellent at keeping the project moving on a very busy, live site and helping to meet the very tight timescales that we have for delivery.”

Victoria Brambini, Managing Director at Scape Procure, said: “Lincoln Castle Academy marks a milestone moment for both G F Tomlinson and the Regional Construction framework in ambitious Lincolnshire. The performance management processes embedded into our frameworks ensure certainty of cost, time and quality for the client, essential to ensure that the refreshed Academy is ready to provide a best-in-class learning experience to its students in the new school year.”

Louise Laming, headteacher at Lincoln Castle Academy, said: “As an over-subscribed academy, we are delighted to be able to improve facilities to accommodate larger numbers of students. With some buildings nearly 50 years old, we welcome this investment which will revitalise classrooms and provide larger canteen facilities. The additional food room, improved textiles room and redesigned library and study suite will ensure students benefit from an inspirational environment.

“Applications to Lincoln Castle Academy have increased by over 20% in recent years; with more students and ambitious plans for the future, we are committed to providing a modern, vibrant environment in which the next generation can thrive. Students and staff are thrilled to receive this investment in our school.”