ESFA contractors take in Temple Learning Academy

5 February 2018

ESFA contractors take in Temple Learning Academy

Contractors awarded places on the UK government’s new Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) framework toured ISG’s Temple Learning Academy as part of the framework launch.

ISG welcomed new contractors on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) framework to its recently completed £10 million Temple Learning Academy project in Leeds.

The event, which was part of the new framework launch, saw representatives from six contractors spend the morning hearing from ISG, architects Watson Batty, and the school, about how to deliver a successful project through the framework.

ISG delivered the all-through school for 1,020 pupils aged 4-16 via the last iteration of the framework, and was awarded five places on the new framework, which began in 2017.

The part new build, part refurbishment project saw ISG transform a disused leisure centre into a thriving new school.

The scheme aimed to re-use as much of the existing infrastructure from the former leisure centre as possible, with ISG demolishing the swimming pool but retaining the steel frame building, and re-using the existing sports hall facility.

ISG project manager, James Fryer, spoke to contractors about the difficulties raised on site: “We were surrounded by housing, and had pupils on site, almost from day one.

“With the demolition of certain areas of the existing leisure centre, site set-up was critical. The scheme was delivered in four phases to meet the completion target and to allow the school to take in pupils each academic year we were on site.

“We were worried about the disruption to the school, but if anything, I think we enhanced the learning experience in the first year. We held regular assemblies and the pupils would often come down to site to see how the project was progressing.”

The school opened with an intake of 60 reception students at the start of the academic year in 2015 in temporary on-site accommodation.

A new three-storey steel frame extension with ribbon glazing and metal cladding elevations was constructed to the side of the existing building.

The project also included the construction of a new multi-use games area (MUGA) pitch and significant hard and soft landscaping with new paths and play areas, a 90-space car park and designated drop-off areas.

Sarah James, ISG’s framework director for the ESFA, said: “Temple Learning Academy is one of many projects we have delivered over the last four years of the framework and is a shining example of collaboration, not just between the project team and the school, but the wider community, architects, project managers and the ESFA.

“The results speak for themselves and hopefully this event will have showcased what makes a good project, and how to achieve success on projects procured through the ESFA.”

To hear co-principal, Matthew Browne, speak about the project, watch the video below:


ISG was awarded five places on the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) medium value framework for projects valued from £4.5 million to £12 million at the end of last year.