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Hackney School a model for Public/Private forum

A newly-built school in Hackney, East London, could become a model for schools at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe on February 21, 2012. 

The Urswick School story will be part of a presentation made by Anthony Coumidis, a director of London-based international property and construction consultancy McBains Cooper, at the United Nations in Geneva, to more than 400 Public-Private Partnership practitioners from 70 countries.

Mr Coumidis’ team were independent certifiers of the project, appointed by the local authority in Hackney and the Building Schools for the Future Local Education Partnership (private sector and local authority JV organisation, Mouchel Babcock Education and Hackney Council), which involved McBains Cooper ensuring the project complied with technical and quality requirements.

“Because of our role we were provided with the opportunity to ensure the project maintained schedule and standards, but it also gave us a fantastic opportunity to chart the before and after aspects,” said Mr Coumidis.

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) Days is the premier global meeting for public sector PPP practitioners. It provides a forum for those charged with developing and implementing PPP programs to share experiences on innovations in

PPP policy, structuring, and financing. The four-day conference brings together PPP practitioners from public sector PPP units and senior PPP executives worldwide to analyze and explore innovative PPP models and key policy issues.

The PPP Days 2012 will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21-24 February 2012, and will be jointly hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the World Bank Institute and the Asian Development Bank.

The event includes two days of presentations and debates among public sector PPP practitioners, managers and experts, followed by a full-day Business Forum open to the private sector.

On the fourth day there will be a special session dedicated to case studies, while site visits to operational PPP are also envisaged.

An exhibition will also run for the four days.

“We monitored the reconstruction, but we also engaged with the school; what we learnt was that not only did the new school prove inspirational on academic and behavioural levels, it also had a significant and positive impact for the local community, with the new school facilities being used out-of-hours by the local community for everything from choir practice to sports events.

Mr Coumidis will be chairing the “Transforming Urban and Rural Spaces through PPPs” session.

“Such a presentation and ensuing debate and discussion will highlight what can be achieved to a wide range of representatives of influencing authorities and organisations in dozens of countries.”