Mossbourne Community Academy is a showcase educational establishment in London's Hackney, constructed to a challenging programme on a tight triangular inner-city site.
Completed in 2004, the Mossbourne Academy was designed to be environmentally friendly in the utilisation of natural materials where possible, natural ventilation and recycled rainwater.
The client and design team were looking for an organisation that could bring preconstruction, buildability and construction advice. They wanted a JCT 98 2-stage appointment, but also to bring in softer skills to provide design and construction logistics expertise on the project. DfES guidance was incorporated into the design and construction of the building and Mace was able to marry educational understanding with building functionality and design and construction capability.
Mace is now fulfilling the role of overall project manager (OPM) on eleven academies. Each runs for around 18 months and requires the management of complex stakeholder interests to deliver the academy to a contractor at outline design stage. It is a demanding role which requires the ability to act autonomously and a wide range of core skills in project management, commercial and technical disciplines.
The academies programme is increasingly overlapping the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme - most notably in Manchester where Mace recently secured a significant appointment to deliver feasibility studies for six integrated academies, in addition to the £300m BSF appointment which has been running since 2004.