Lydiard Millicent Church of England Primary School, Swindon

  • Lydiard Millicent Primary School - high res jpegs

  • Lydiard Millicent Primary School - high res jpegs

A successful and sustainable construction of a new seven-classroom primary school to replace inefficient and ageing facilities for both students and staff.


This design and build scheme involved the construction of a new one-storey, seven-classroom building that was able to provide students and staff with a modern learning environment. Beard incorporated a number of sustainable energy sources to cut the schools energy costs including areas of green roofing, ground source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and composite windows. A high proportion of materials were also recycled during the construction.

As part of a phased programme, the school had to be relocated into temporary buildings within the existing school grounds whilst the building work was taking place. It was important for Beard to minimise the disruption to staff and students during peak school hours. Works were therefore planned around school activities in consultation with the head and teaching staff. This ensured that the project was completed in time for the beginning of the new term.


  • Disruption to staff and students
  • Restricted and scheduled delivery times
  • Planning works around a live school environment
  • Minimising disruption and impact on the staff, pupils and neighbouring community


The Beard delivery team formed an excellent relationship with Wiltshire County Council and the staff at Lydiard Millicent School resulting in a collaborative and positive working environment. The project team also arranged for small delivery vehicles and an on-site drop-off area to prevent traffic congestion and cooperated with local residents to minimise disturbance. Works were carefully phased and segregated the works to minimised disruption during the school day.

Beard has been a terrific construction partner and we are delighted with the new school. They really listened to our needs and the close collaboration they achieved with us and Wiltshire Council helped ensure all aspects went smoothly from the initial setting up of our temporary buildings and playground last summer, right through all phases of the building process. We could not have asked for a better team.”

Carol Dougill, Headteacher, Lydiard Millicent School


Wiltshire County Council

Contract value

£2.9 million


Bush Consultancy

Contract duration

62 weeks

Form of contract

JCT Design and Build Rev 2 2009

Procurement Method

Design and Build

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