A three storey classroom extension and sports pavilion to accommodate a further 210 local school children.
Our first project under the new West Sussex County Council Construction Framework to provide the school with a state of the art learning and sports environment.
This scheme involved the construction of a three storey building to provide eight additional classrooms, three science labs, a performing arts space, offices, and group rooms.
An artificial hockey pitch, constructed to Sports England standards was built with a single storey pavilion accommodating a kitchen, dining hall and shower rooms.
As part of the framework, we documented our use of local suppliers, labour and locally sourced materials and our provision of work experience placements for school leavers and trade apprentices.
- Long lead-in times on many items
- Timescale to deliver the project for the new school year
- Value engineering
- Making provision for nearby children with learning difficulties
Items such as the steel frame, windows, platform lift and bricks were all identified as long lead times and procured early to avoid delays on site. For example, the bricks used on the pavilion which were chosen to match the existing ones had a 35 week lead in time.
Careful planning and preparation was required to reduce the programme by using alternative methods of construction for example using SIPS and render in lieu of brickwork on the teaching block.
Working with the school ICT department to handover rooms early and before the summer holidays so the customer could install the ICT equipment during the holidays.
We reduced costs on the building externals, for example we lifted and re-used existing block paviour’s to reduce material cost, and designed earth mounds into their landscaping to reduce the cart away costs (along with obtaining planning consent).
Another school was sited within the boundary and particular consideration was given to the needs of their students with learning disabilities, i.e additional screening, additional delivery restrictions, and weekly communication meetings with the Head Teacher.
“We are delighted with our excellent new facilities which further enhance the experience and opportunities for students and staff at Durrington. The time scales were incredibly challenging and to have brought the project in on time and to the high quality specification we have is testament to the excellent team of Beard, WSCC, Seaman Partnership and Durrington High School working together.”
Head Teacher, Durrington High School
Durrington High School
West Sussex County Council
6 weeks enabling
38 weeks for main works
Form of contract
JCT Design and Build