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Norwich Area Schools


This PFI project for Norfolk County Council comprises the construction of six new-build schools. The total construction value is £43m and the total project value (NPV) is £79m.


Norfolk County Council


Kajima Partnerships Limited
Infrastructure Investment Holdings Limited
Kier Regional (Kier Eastern)

Asset Values



Operational from Summer 2007 (phase 1) and Summer 2008 (phase 2)

The schools were built by Kier Regional Limited over a phased delivery programme set against the backdrop of the countywide reorganisation form a three-tier to a two-tier (primary/secondary) estate.

Phase 1 was completed in 2007 and consisted of a 1,200 place secondary school (Taverham High School) a two-form entry primary school and nursery (Lakenham) and a two-form entry nursery/play-group with language support unit (Heartsease/Woodside)

Phase 2 was completed in 2008 and comprised a two-form entry primary with nursery and Special Educational Needs provision (Norman/Dawson/Mile Cross), a one-form entry primary with Special Educational Needs provision (Bluebell), and a three-form entry junior school (Thorpe Hamlet)

The schools were intelligently designed and facilitate community use, providing a focal point to their new communities – a key element in the amalgamation and reorganisation of Norfolk’s school estate planning. 

The facilities are energy-efficient and utilises photo-voltaic cells to generate 10% of the energy requirements through renewable sources. Facilities Management of the project will be for a period of 25 years.