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New partnership cuts 25% off costs for new swimming pools in schools
New partnership cuts 25% off costs for new swimming pools in schools
A high profile partnership between building giant Willmott Dixon and a leading procurement company is set to dominate the market for new swimming pools for schools over the next ten years.

The move will provide clients with three standardised off-the-shelf designs with each one featuring a swimming pool and learner pool of varying sizes which can then be customised.

The Sunesis Leisure pool brand is an extension of Willmott Dixon's initiative in the schools sector where standardised designs cut costs and speed-up construction times.

Procurement company Scape System Build Ltd is a local authority controlled company which acts as a contracting authority and central purchasing body.

The company launched Sunesis Leisure at the annual Local Government Association (LGA) conference.

Sunesis offers public sector clients a quick procurement route and a choice of tried and tested, ready-made building design solutions. The concept was originally developed to deliver new schools across the UK more quickly and at a fixed price.

The system cuts 12 months from the overall programme from initial inception to operation along with 2% in cost savings.

Steve Elkin, Development Director at Scape said: "The business case for Sunesis Leisure is extremely strong.

"Local councils keep telling us that they cannot afford to manage, run and upgrade or develop existing facilities, especially those with swimming pools. That’s because many are old, require extensive maintenance and are restricted in space and functionality.

"Closing such centres down often makes economic sense, but isn’t an acceptable option from a social perspective, particularly as the country is gearing up to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"We’ve listened to this feedback, and have come up with a solution that will help authorities to provide a high quality facility that is commercially viable and can trade without subsidy.

"Sunesis helps schools and leisure facilities become more valuable assets to both the organisations that run them and the communities they serve."

A range of pool colours and finishes, as well as optional extras are available. These include wet and dry changing accommodation; a reception area; viewing and refreshment space; health and fitness suite; racket sports hall; aerobics studio; and spa, sauna and therapy options.

Scott Corey, Scape National Framework Manager at Willmott Dixon, said: "An added benefit of Sunesis is that it offers business information modelling (BIM) as standard. That means authorities will be well on their way to helping the Government meet its target of slashing construction costs of up to 20% for publicly funded projects by 2016.

"There’s no doubt that BIM is changing the way that schemes are being planned, and we are embracing this approach on behalf of our clients as we know if will pay dividends financially over the long term."

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