Flint House Rehabilitation Centre, Goring on Thames

 

  • Flint House 11 bed extension

  • Flint House 14 bed ext

  • Flint House 14 bed ext

An extension to the gym and kitchens followed by a 14 bed extension and a new 11 bed block for use by injured Police Force staff during their rehabilitation.

Project

The first phase of works included a refurbishment to the gym and kitchens at the quiet Flint House, where emotionally and physically injured policeman go for refuge and rehabilitation. After successful completion of this phase we were awarded a 14 bedroom extension and the final phase was a new 11 bed block. All work needed to be carried out whilst maintaining minimal effect on the day to day activities of the centre.

New build works involved the creation of an underground precast concrete freezer store to enhance the already extensive catering facilities. Both extensions were completed with seamless connections to the existing buildings so an occupier would not be aware that they were leaving one building and entering a new one.

Challenges

  • Matching up existing fixtures and fittings including patterned carpets
  • We constructed an in situ-concrete extension to the existing gym facility; this was carried out within programme. Not an easy feat to achieve as the project was delayed by approximately eight weeks after the discovery of a ‘solution feature’
  • Conditions on site were similar to a hospital, where patients could not be disturbed

Solutions

Extensive research in sourcing carpets and fixtures and fittings and attention to detail ensured the buildings tied together seamlessly.

The ‘solution feature’ required a redesign of the foundations and employment of specialist subcontractors to overcome this naturally occurring phenomenon in the chalk foundations.

Noisy works had to be kept to a minimum, and for a few hours a day, construction dust had to be kept at a low level too. This was achieved by daily meetings or conversations with the chief executive.

“We are a registered charity, funded almost entirely by the officers themselves. With a growing number of officers receiving treatment each year it is essential we continue to provide the very best of facilities. The new extension will add much needed capacity and follows a successful high quality project to extend the gym and upgrade 35 bedrooms, which Beard completed.”

Lyndon Filer Chief Executive

Customer

The Trustees of the Police Rehabilitation Centre

Contract value

£4.2m

Architect

Bickerdike Allen Partners

Contract duration

Three phases

Form of contract

JCT Standard with Quantities

Procurement Method

Two Stage Tender

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