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A new school for Cameroon - part 2

This is the second part of our Cameroon blog. If you missed the first part you can read it here. Day 1 – 12/11/18 The day had finally come. At 6:30am we embarked on our trip to Cameroon to finally see the impact we had made through the School for a School initiative. I am embarrassed to say I was the last to arrive having broken the zip on my bag, which was …

A new school for Cameroon - part 1

It has been a while, so I thought now would be a good time to write another blog and as it happens, I am writing this blog from the Cameroon embassy in London whilst waiting for a visa. That’s right, the time has finally come for Fran Cox, Simon Reid, Tim Carey, Ben Silsbury and I to head off to Cameroon to see the impact our new school has had, and how we …

Hunts Grove Primary Academy

The clouds parted this morning for Year 4 of Hunts Grove Primary Academy as the class and staff got to hammer in a nail in their new school.

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Free CIF funding application support

If you are an academy or sixth-form college applying for CIF (Condition Improvement Fund) funding for new buildings or classroom expansions but are finding the process daunting and time consuming, we at Sunesis would be delighted to offer you free support and assistance with your bid. The ESFA (Education and Skills Funding Agency) is welcoming CIF …

"I understand what our customers need."

Our operations director, Fran Cox, had an interview with Construction Manager looking at her plans for the future of Sunesis - below is the article as featured on their website. Willmott Dixon and Scape’s pre-designed schools joint venture Sunesis has recruited a new operations head from a local authority. Fran Cox tells Will Mann why she believes offsite …

Modular: The future of school places provision

Modular, pre-designed schools are changing the UK’s education landscape and are seen by many as the solution for increasing school places provision. In his latest blog Richard Daw, associate director at Lungfish Architects and the design team leader for Mosaic, talks about the benefits of standardised offsite construction and why modular technology is the …

Introducing Mosaic - Your School, your way

Mosaic seeks to deliver the best of both worlds and is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I would have loved to get my hands on this approach when I was working within a local authority. We are proud to announce the launch of Mosaic, a unique new approach to primary school builds or extensions. Using a portfolio of 77 components that have been carefully …

Monksmoor handed over

Within the council, there is a recognition of a good job done on this scheme and the level of trust is such now that we will certainly be wanting to talk about future schemes. This month we handed over our latest Sunesis school, Monksmoor Primary school in Daventry. Like many local authorities across the county, Daventry District Council needed new schools …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 7: Handing over

From initial enquiries to the actual build, in this series we’ve looked at every stage of the school delivery process. The most exciting and rewarding stage of this journey is Step 7: Handing over… When you’re up against a deadline, with a new term on the horizon, the final handover of your school can be quite a rushed stage. But it’s so incredibly important …

Sunesis shortlisted for property award

Parents and teachers alike are very excited and pleased that the new school is now complete and I’ve had some really positive feedback from members of staff who are very impressed. We are delighted to announce Sunesis school Primrose Lane Primary has been shortlisted in the “Education Project of the Year” category for the Michelmores Property Awards 2018. …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 6: Building your school

Reaching the build stage in any development is a massive milestone. Your planning is coming to fruition and the contractors are rolling onto your site. So what should you expect? In this week’s instalment of our school build blog, it’s time to look at building your school… A traditional school build usually takes between eight months and a year, depending on …

A brand new school in 7 steps - Step 5: Setting up contracts

The success of any building project rests on the team you commission to deliver it. So, in the latest instalment of our school build blog series, we’ll be looking at setting up contracts – from identifying the right procurement route to finding a team that shares your values. Traditionally, commissioning a new school-build has typically taken a traditional …