Commencing in March 2008 and lasting seven years, with a total estimated value of £350 million, the Belfast Schools Project (BSP) was the first project in Northern Ireland to be procured and delivered under a strategic partnering arrangement.
The strategic partnering arrangement was established between Belfast Education and Library Board (BELB) and a private sector partner Amey FMP Belfast Strategic Partnership SP Co. Limited (Amey FMP) for the purposes of servicing, managing and modernising the entire estate controlled by BELB.
Phase 1 of the scheme involved implementing a design, build, finance, operate, and maintenance (DBFOM) programme for five new schools, namely:
Following intial discussions in September 2007, Stroma’s role as preferred supplier covered a spectrum of services on each of these schemees, commencing with a series of design workshops in July 2008. Site audits and sample tests followed over the next 8 months, with final testing taking place in March and June for Orangefield Primary and Ashfield Girls’ respectively. Further audits and tests will take place between now and the eventual completion of phase 1 in mid 2010. Stroma has also been involved in phase 1B, the provision of three nursery schools, and is in the early stages of phase 2 which comprises the delivery of a further 6 schools.