Extra cost for city council following Carillion collapse

Jack Hunt School EMN-180322-140356009
Jack Hunt School EMN-180322-140356009

New building contractors have been chosen for two Peterborough schools following the collapse of Carillion.

Peterborough City Council has entered into agreements with Interserve Construction Limited to build the new Hampton Lakes Primary School and RG Carters to expand Jack Hunt School in Netherton.

A council spokesman confirmed there would be additional costs for the authority under the new contracts, but at the time of going to press did not have a figure.

Hampton Lakes will be based to the east of the A15 near Teardrop Lake.

Due to the delayed project the school building will be completed by late spring 2020, with the first intake of 30 reception children temporarily accommodated at Hampton College Primary.

When fully up and running the school will provide 420 new primary school places for children, and 26 nursery places.

Delayed works at Jack Hunt are now due to be completed (nine months late) in June 2019 and will see 11 new classrooms, a science classroom, an unlit all-weather sports pitch and a new dining hall and kitchen constructed. The expansion will enable the school’s capacity to increase from 1,800 to 1,950 pupils.

Cllr Lynne Ayres, council cabinet member for education, said: “As the fourth fastest growing city in the country, the need to create extra school spaces is an urgent one and we are actively working to address this.”