Ashmead Combined School

  • Ashmead Combined School 3

  • Ashmead Combined School 1

A school building expansion project to provide accommodation for new classrooms, a sports hall and catering facilities.


This project involved the construction of six new classrooms in a traditionally built single-storey extension along with a new sports and assembly hall constructed using a steel frame with large curtain walling. Beard also created a new commercial kitchen for the provision of school dinners, an indoor climbing wall and outside learning amphitheatre.

The school building extension project required the re-configuration of the main entrance and provision of a new reception desk, refurbishment of existing classrooms and staff offices and meeting areas.

Beard also re-roofed 50 per cent of the school building during the summer holidays.


  • Working within the grounds of a large primary school in full occupation
  • Enhanced safety precautions due to site traffic access via the school playground
  • Managing various elements of a project at different stages spread out over a large area with many different sub-contractors
  • Ensuring school activities were not disrupted during the works
  • Fixed completion date: pupils needed the classrooms for the start of term


The new extended school facilities were successfully delivered on time. This was due to Beard establishing strong working relationships and excellent communications with the school and sub-contracting teams. Safety was highly prioritised in all aspects of the project and works were programmed in consultation with staff to minimise their impact and disruption to the school day. This often meant carrying out work over weekends and out of school hours.

“We are all over the moon with our new sports hall and additional classrooms. They were ready for the start of the new term and looked fantastic! Beard was great to work with. Whenever we had any issues or questions about anything we called the Project Manager and he would be there within minutes to discuss the issue, and where, necessary action it. This was essential with children around the building. The school leaders were kept completely informed and up to date with progress reports throughout the project. The work was completed on time which was essential as we needed to utilise the new buildings for the start of term. Beard ensured work was completed on weekends and around-the-clock to meet this deadline.”

Marcus Pickover, Headmaster



Buckinghamshire County Council

Contract value

£1.48 million


NPS Consultants

Quantity surveyor

NPS Consultants

Contract duration

9 months

Form of contract

JCT Intermediate 2011 CD

Procurement Method



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