London Schools Update: January 2016

As reported in October 2015, Dowds Group are currently on-site on a number of education projects throughout London.  Below we have provided a brief update on progress on-site:

Harris 6th Form Academy

Following the handover of the completed project in December 2014, Dowds Group Integrated Services Team have remained on-site carrying out planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and minor works for the School.  This service has proved a great success and we have been contracted to continue the partnership until at least December 2016.


The foundations at Northwood School were completed in August 2015 and construction is continuing to deliver the new 1,080 capacity school by September 2016. The school’s superstructure and roof were in place by December 2015 and the internal works including the main mechanical and electrical systems installations will continue throughout Spring and early Summer 2016.

Harris Primary Academy, Chafford Hundred

Construction works are well underway in the new build Harris Primary Academy as can be seen in the progress shots below.  Dowds Group joined the site to begin the services installations in December 2015.

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The finished project will see a five form entry primary school involving the erection of three storey building with new roadway access cycle and pedestrian access, as well as, the creation of parking areas and all landscaping works.

Harris Primary Academy in Shortlands, Bromley

We are also now on-site in Shortlands, following the demolition of the previously existing building and the construction of the mainframe for the new two-storey school.

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The project entails the construction of a new build primary school for the catering for 420 pupils and associated new provisions constructed for car parking, vehicular access, playground sports pitches and landscaping.

Dowds Group will start on a further 5 school sites across London in 2016 and we will continue to provide progress reports throughout the year.

Highlights of 2015

2015 was another successful year for Dowds Group, not only did we celebrate receiving the Electrical Contractor of the Year at the NI Electrical Awards, but our work in Craigavon Area Hospital was recognised in the Project of the Year Category.

Work progressed well on key site in Northern Ireland including Omagh Hospital, Altnagelvin Hospital and at Finnebrogue Artisan Food Factory in County Down.  We have expanded our presence in London and the South East with works underway on a further two major schools projects and initial work is underway on Aberdeen Art Gallery.

In addition, we were singled out for our on-going Apprenticeship programme run in conjunction with ETT.

See below for press clippings for some of our 2015 good news stories

Electrical Contractor of the Year

Highly Commended – Craigavon Area Hospital

Highlighting the Benefits of Apprenticeships