Ponteland School

Ponteland School & Leisure Centre

Ponteland High School logoThe Ponteland School & Leisure Centre is an impressive project that combines a new 420-pupil primary school, a 1,600-pupil high school and a state-of-the-art leisure centre, all housed within a single multi-purpose building. This development not only provides essential educational facilities but also offers a wide range of leisure amenities for the residents of Ponteland.

The leisure centre boasts an array of features designed to cater to various interests and age groups. It includes a six-lane, 25-meter swimming pool, along with a trainer pool and aqua play area, providing ample opportunities for water-based activities and swimming instruction. For families and children, there is a soft play area, ensuring fun and entertainment in a safe environment. Those seeking more adventurous challenges can enjoy the Clip‘N’Climb facility, while sports enthusiasts can take advantage of the sports bar and the 100-station gym. The leisure centre also offers dedicated spaces for fitness classes, including a spinning studio and dance studios. To further promote relaxation and well-being, there are luxury spa facilities available.

Notably, the indoor ‘community street’ within the complex accommodates the Ponteland Public Library, emphasising the commitment to fostering community engagement and lifelong learning opportunities. As part of the wider community commitment, Kier, the construction company responsible for the project, also constructed a brand-new community fire station, which was handed over to the Northumberland Fire Service in January 2020. This additional facility enhances community safety and emergency response capabilities.

Throughout the development process, community engagement has been a priority, recognising the significance of keeping residents informed and involved in this major project, which has a significant impact on the local economy. By creating a one-stop location for learning, exercise and socialising, the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre has become a hub for the community, fostering a sense of togetherness and providing a convenient destination for various activities.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the project persevered, with site operations continuing and a considerable number of contractors working on-site simultaneously. This dedication highlights the commitment of all involved to deliver this exceptional facility to the residents of Ponteland.

Moreover, the project presented an opportunity for archaeological exploration on the eastern side of the Fairney Burn, where new sports pitches were planned. During this archaeological dig, fascinating historical discoveries were made, shedding light on the rich history of the area. Ancient settlements and human remains dating back to 2,500 BC were uncovered, providing valuable insights into the region’s early history.

The dig also revealed evidence of early Northumberland settlements predating Hadrian’s Wall, dating back to the iron and bronze ages. This archaeological exploration added an extra dimension to the project, celebrating the cultural heritage of the area and enriching the understanding of its past.

The Ponteland School & Leisure Centre stands as a testament to the collaboration between education, recreation and community engagement. It serves as a modern and inclusive facility, where residents can learn, exercise and connect with their community. This impressive development represents a significant milestone in the evolution of Ponteland, offering a space that brings people together and contributes to the overall well-being and prosperity of the community.


When tasked with the cleaning requirements for the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre, we embraced the opportunity to contribute to the success of this remarkable project. Kier, the esteemed client, entrusted us with the critical tasks of builders clean, sparkle clean, external window cleaning and exterior cleaning. The meticulousness of our work was of paramount importance and we were determined to deliver to the highest standards.

To ensure seamless coordination with other trades involved in the construction process, flexibility was key. Our team adeptly navigated the dynamic environment, working alongside various trades and adapting our schedule to accommodate their needs. By collaborating closely with Kier and engaging in regular communication, we established a strong partnership that facilitated effective project management and enabled us to meet crucial cleaning deadlines.

Adhering to the provided cleaning specification, precisely drafted by Kier, we meticulously executed our cleaning tasks. The specification outlined a comprehensive scope of works, delineating the precise requirements for each aspect of the cleaning process. By scrupulously adhering to these guidelines, we guaranteed the timely and precise completion of our cleaning services.

In addition to our commitment to cleanliness, we took full responsibility for our equipment and resources throughout the project. This included the operation and maintenance of one Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) and three Scissor lifts, which were essential for accessing elevated areas and ensuring a thorough cleaning process. By assuming responsibility for our equipment, we ensured a smooth workflow and minimised disruptions to the project.

Moreover, our team demonstrated exemplary management skills, overseeing our operatives and ensuring their adherence to the highest standards of professionalism and efficiency. Regular meetings with Kier provided a platform for collaboration and effective communication, allowing us to address any concerns or issues promptly and maintain alignment with project objectives. The close liaison with site managers further facilitated coordination and ensured that cleaning deadlines were consistently met, leaving no room for compromise in terms of quality or timing.

At every step of the project, our focus remained unwavering: to deliver a pristine and immaculate environment for the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre. We approached our work with dedication, precision and an unwavering commitment to excellence. By upholding the highest standards of cleanliness, we contributed to the overall success of this landmark development, leaving a lasting impression on all who enter the facility.

The Ponteland School & Leisure Centre stands as a testament to the collective efforts of the entire project team, including Kier and our dedicated cleaning professionals. Through our expertise and conscientious approach, we played a pivotal role in creating a pristine and inviting space that will serve the community for years to come.


Analysis: Site Visit

As a critical first step in our cleaning assignment for the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre, our project manager and cleaning supervisor conducted a comprehensive site visit to assess the project requirements and formulate a tailored approach. This analysis was crucial to ensure that our cleaning services were aligned with the unique characteristics of the site and the specific needs outlined by our client, Kier.

During the site visit, our experienced team meticulously examined the entire premises, considering the size, layout and intricacies of the building. We paid particular attention to areas that required specialised cleaning techniques or equipment, such as high-level surfaces, exterior windows and intricate architectural features. By thoroughly surveying the site, we gained a comprehensive understanding of the project’s scope and complexity.

Additionally, we engaged in detailed discussions with the project stakeholders, including representatives from Kier and the site management team. These conversations allowed us to gather vital information about the project’s objectives, cleaning specifications and any specific considerations or challenges that needed to be addressed. By actively listening to the client’s expectations and requirements, we were able to align our approach accordingly, ensuring a tailored cleaning solution that met their unique needs.

Following the site visit and analysis, our project manager and cleaning supervisor collaborated to develop a detailed plan of action.

This plan incorporated the specific cleaning tasks, timelines and resource requirements necessary to deliver the desired results. Our experienced team leveraged their expertise and knowledge gained during the site visit to create an efficient and effective cleaning strategy that would meet the highest standards of cleanliness and exceed client expectations.

The thorough analysis conducted during the site visit served as the foundation for our subsequent cleaning activities at the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre. It enabled us to understand the project’s complexities, identify potential challenges and develop a comprehensive plan that would ensure a successful outcome. By investing time and effort into this analysis, we set the stage for a seamless and efficient execution of our cleaning services, leaving no room for unexpected surprises or delays.

At Cklip, we prioritise the importance of site visits and detailed analyses as integral components of our service delivery process. By conducting a thorough assessment of the project requirements and collaborating closely with our clients, we guarantee a tailored approach that addresses their unique needs. The site visit for the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre was no exception, as we utilised this opportunity to gather vital information, develop a comprehensive plan and lay the groundwork for a successful cleaning project.

Ponteland School swimming pool

Planning: Site Survey

The planning phase of the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre cleaning project was conducted veraciously, considering various factors to ensure the successful execution of the assignment. One of the primary considerations was the need to carry out the cleaning activities while building contractors were still present on the site. Additionally, given the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, strict risk assessments and method statements were required to ensure the health and safety of all operatives involved.

To comply with the health and safety regulations and maintain a secure working environment, our team conducted thorough risk assessments, analysing potential hazards and implementing appropriate control measures. Method statements were meticulously prepared, outlining the step-by-step procedures for each cleaning task and specifying the necessary precautions to mitigate risks effectively. This comprehensive approach ensured that all necessary safety protocols were followed, protecting both our cleaning operatives and other personnel on the site.

Furthermore, our team provided the required certifications and documentation to demonstrate our commitment to safety and professionalism. CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) and IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) cards were provided, indicating that our operatives possessed the necessary skills and qualifications to operate specialised equipment safely.

Additionally, our certifications from recognised organisations such as CHAS (Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme), Safecontractor and Constructionline Gold showcased our adherence to industry best practices and compliance with stringent health and safety standards.

In terms of project scheduling, it was determined that the cleaning works would be completed in several phases to accommodate the construction activities and ensure minimal disruption to the ongoing work on site. By carefully planning the sequencing and timing of our cleaning tasks, we were able to synchronise our activities with the progress of the building contractors, ensuring a harmonious and efficient workflow.

The planning phase also involved close coordination and collaboration with the project stakeholders, including representatives from Kier and the site management team. Regular meetings were held to discuss the project timeline, deliverables and any specific considerations or challenges that needed to be addressed. This open line of communication allowed us to align our plans and ensure that our cleaning activities seamlessly integrated with the overall project schedule.

At Cklip, we recognise the paramount importance of thorough planning and meticulous attention to detail. The site survey conducted for the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre project enabled us to devise a comprehensive plan that encompassed the complexities of the site, the health and safety requirements and the coordination with other contractors. By prioritising risk assessments, method statements and certifications, we ensured a safe and compliant working environment for our operatives. Our phased approach to the project, coupled with ongoing communication with the client, guaranteed a smooth and successful execution of our cleaning services.

Implementation: Works Carried Out

We are delighted to have continued our partnership with Kier for the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre project. The builder’s clean phase of the project was carefully planned, with a scheduled duration of nine weeks. Our team, consisting of eight skilled operatives and two supervisors, worked diligently to ensure a thorough cleaning process.

To effectively coordinate our cleaning activities, we closely collaborated with Kier to determine the completion dates for each area. With this information, we developed a comprehensive weekly schedule, enabling us to allocate the necessary resources and plan our tasks accordingly. The builders clean encompassed a wide range of cleaning activities, including the cleaning of internal and high-level glazing, sills and frames. Our team took great care to remove any excess paint, mortar and plaster splashes, ensuring a pristine appearance. Additionally, attention was given to beams and roof lights, ensuring they were free from any construction debris.

To achieve a pristine finish, our team diligently wiped walls, skirting boards and all surfaces to remove dust and eliminate any paint or plaster splashes. Special care was taken in washrooms and kitchens to remove sticky residue and grout from tiles, ensuring a hygienic and aesthetically pleasing environment. All flooring was subjected to a thorough cleaning process, involving vacuuming and mopping. In cases where deep cleaning was required, we utilised scrubber-dryer machines to restore the floors to their original condition. Carpets were also given special attention, with dedicated carpet cleaning machines employed when necessary, ensuring their cleanliness and freshness.

Following the builders clean, our team moved on to the sparkle clean phase, which involves a concentrated attention to detail to provide an exceptional level of cleanliness. This phase was scheduled to take place over six weeks, with eight operatives and two supervisors dedicated to the task. Our focus during the sparkle clean extended to walls, flooring, fixtures and fittings, ensuring that every aspect of the premises received meticulous cleaning. The external and high-level window cleaning was executed using a combination of traditional methods and the advanced reach and wash system, ensuring a streak-free and crystal-clear finish.

In addition to the interior cleaning, our team also carried out an extensive exterior clean using jet washing techniques. This process involved carefully removing dirt, grime and other residues from external surfaces, including walls, walkways and other areas. By employing professional-grade equipment and techniques, we were able to achieve a thorough and effective clean, restoring the external appearance of the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre.

Throughout the implementation phase, our team remained in close contact with Kier to ensure that our cleaning activities were aligned with the completion of snagging works. By coordinating our efforts in this manner, we were able to deliver a comprehensive clean that prepared the premises for client handover. We understand that a thorough final clean is an essential industry practice and our team worked diligently to meet and exceed these standards.

At Cklip, we take immense pride in our ability to execute cleaning projects with the highest level of professionalism and attention to detail. The implementation of works at the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre showcases our commitment to delivering exceptional results. Our team of skilled operatives and supervisors worked diligently to carry out the builders clean, sparkle clean, external window cleaning and exterior clean to the highest standards. With a focus on precision, quality and client satisfaction, we are proud to have played a role in preparing the Ponteland School & Leisure Centre for its final handover.

Review: Hand Over

The successful handover of a construction project requires attention to detail and the implementation of rigorous cleaning processes. At Ponteland School & Leisure Centre, our team’s commitment to delivering the highest standards of cleanliness ensured that the development looked its absolute best, ready for handover or immediate occupation. The result of our efforts was a satisfied and happy client.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, stringent health and safety measures were of utmost importance. Our site operations were managed safely and in full compliance with government regulations. Our dedicated site team efficiently adapted to changes in work practices, government guidelines and public health measures, ensuring the well-being of all personnel on site. Through effective planning and coordination, Kier and Cklip successfully navigated the challenges posed by the pandemic, minimising any potential delays and ensuring the timely completion of the project.

Kier, fully aware of our capabilities and commitment to excellence, entrusted us with the crucial task of cleaning the entire building to the highest standards. They had confidence in our ability to deliver exceptional results within the specified timeframe, allowing them to proceed with the handover to the client without any concerns.

At Cklip, we take immense pride in our builders clean and sparkle clean services. These processes are meticulously designed to elevate the appearance of the building, leaving it in a pristine state. Whether it’s removing construction dust, debris or ensuring a detailed cleaning of all surfaces, our experienced team excels in providing comprehensive solutions. Our builders clean and sparkle clean services ensure that the finished development truly shines and meets the exacting standards expected during the handover process.

To learn more about our builders cleaning solutions and the range of services we offer, we invite you to visit our builders cleaning page. You’ll discover the expertise and attention to detail that sets us apart in delivering outstanding cleaning results. If you would like to discuss your specific requirements or arrange a free site visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our dedicated team is ready to assist you and ensure that your cleaning needs are met with professionalism and excellence.