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Case Studies

Sarah Revell

Sponne school

Industry Sector: Education

Client Testimonial:

BCR Associates stepped in to take full control of our infrastructure project. We had spent several weeks trying to move the contractors along before we realised that there were about three other parties involved and not only British Gas as we had been led to believe. BCR Associates helped us identify the key players then took over negotiations and co-ordinations for us which was a tremendous relief.”

Sue Wagstaff, School Business Manager

Project Summary:

  • Sponne School is a large successful secondary Academy school in Towcester. The school was experiencing high heating costs and was looking to move from heating oil to natural gas.
  • BCR Associates managed the whole energy conversion project from initial design and development through to implementation.
  • Since completion of the gas installation, BCR Associates has been managing both electricity and gas contracts.

The client: Sponne School

Sponne School is a high-performing, co-educational secondary school with 1,200 pupils situated in Towcester, Northamptonshire. In March 2011, Sponne converted to an Academy and also achieved an Ofsted accreditation as an ‘Outstanding’ school.

The challenge:

Having received a grant from the EFA to replace its oil-fired boilers and convert from oil to gas, the school needed to secure the gas supply to the new boilers. The school was spending circa £60,000 pa on heating oil with these costs continuing to spiral due to the rising price of energy. After preliminary investigations the school was finding it difficult to get a proposal from the suppliers it was dealing with.

The solution:

BCR Associates was engaged to evaluate the best new gas supply solution for the school and manage the energy supply contracts. We worked closely with the School Business Manager, on-site engineers and external design agencies to provide an end-to-end project management service, leveraging our strong supplier relationships, to provide a quicker response to the proposal than other sources.

With the infrastructure work complete, we tendered the initial contract set-up work to a number of suppliers to achieve the best prices for the client for both gas and electricity contracts.

The results:

Initial costing of the pipework reinforcement and new meter housing was £80,000; we assessed alternative ways to complete the conversion. A more cost-effective, like-for-like method was found at a cost of £26,000 (a saving of £54,000).

The reviewed electricity contract realised a 37% saving in the first year. The new gas contracts were tendered to the market and the most appropriate contract for the school was awarded to the most competitive supplier.


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