Building our future

Our new school at Habergham is really taking shape and the people building it are very proud of the work they are undertaking.

Eric Wright Construction – the firm given the contract to design and build the Burnley High School – have invited our Newshounds to meet the team behind the scheme.

Here in the first of a regular series we meet the man in charge, project manager Kevin Burgoyne.


I’m in charge!
Project director Kevin Burgoyne at the new Burnley High School

After 46 years in construction Kevin Burgoyne still can’t hide the excitement of creating a beautiful building.

His enthusiasm shines through as he talks about his career and the minutiae of running a building project overseeing dozens of tradesmen and specialists.

Kevin’s career in the industry began as a labourer at a firm close to his hometown, Middleton, near Oldham where he spent 31 years working and studying to advance in the company.

Ten years ago he joined Eric Wright Construction and since then has overseen projects ranging from six-storey office blocks to schools.

He said: “Basically everything and everyone on the site is my responsibility. And safety is the paramount concern.”

Kevin described how the BHS build is fairly straightforward compared to a recent contract which involved work on an existing school —- while it was still in operation.IMG_1937

“We had to devise safety routes around the buildings for the students to use while work was in progress and make sure our activities were not disrupting school life.”

Kevin said the construction is progressing well with a finish date of April next year.

“The next major operation will see the roof panels put into place,” he added.


And what can Burnley High School students expect from their new home?

Kevin said: “It will be a new environment in a beautiful building with modern, open spaces and new technology. I believe the students and staff will love it.”

Words and pictures: The Newshounds team