Leeds 10 Primary Schools PFI Project

Innovative design multiplied by ten

As part of Leeds City Council’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) investment programme, we concurrently delivered ten new 1 and 2-form entry primary schools.

The forward-looking programme replaces older schools and consolidates mainstream primary, early years and nursery pupils into ten new single and two-storey buildings. Every school incorporates nursery ‘wraparound’ provision and one school includes Special Education Needs & Disability (SEND) specialisms.


We achieved one of the fastest recorded PFI schemes to date.


In our capacity as Lead Designers, we were responsible for advising the construction team on materials and sustainability throughout the Design and Construct phase. These practices complied with the Leeds City Council’s guidelines on whole-life maintenance. The process was specifically tailored to ascertain design, quality, viability, sustainability and whole-life costings, including cost-in-use and facilities maintenance issues.

By implementing innovative design strategies, we created modern, robust buildings that are flexible enough to accommodate a range of uses and respond to the growing need for ICT provision.

We also built in a range of low-energy features, including a Greywater management system. We also exploited the natural features of each site to maximise resources.

Crucial to the success of the scheme was a comprehensive consultation process with the school community.

Working closely with the construction team, we achieved one of the fastest recorded Private Finance Initiative (PFI) schemes to date.

Client:Wates QED / Education Leeds
Contractor:Wates Construction
Value:£35m
Service: Architecture
Sector: Learning