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Hilderthorpe Primary Academy

Value | £5,800,000

Completion Date | May 2019

 

Challenge

Hilderthorpe Primary School in Bridlington, East Yorkshire was operating as a 420 place school complete with a 39 place nursery (although the inefficiently used building had a capacity for 520 pupils). The main block and ancillary buildings were originally constructed in the 1950’s as separate infant and junior schools, combined in one building with a central area comprising of a shared kitchen and separate dining halls. It was deemed the school was in need of refurbishment of the majority of its building elements, including very substantial re-roofing, replacement of windows and external doors, concrete and brickwork repairs, toilet refurbishments, extensive electrical and mechanical services work. The school’s asbestos management plan also identified a significant presence of asbestos-containing material. Due to the size of the building and the scale of the works required it was considered best value for money to provide a new build and demolish the existing facility.

The strategic vision for the new facility, delivered through the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), was to retain the pupil and nursery intake to 420 (as a 2-form entry) and 39 respectively. The inefficient layout of the school had a GIFA of 6,200m2, whilst the proposed future requirements reduced this to an area of 2,300m2.

 

Response

We were procured by the EFA through their Contractors Framework to deliver the scheme. The commission extended to a full turnkey D&B solution with our involvement commencing from the outset of the project, upon receipt of the EFA’s strategic brief.

The nature of the site layout enabled the construction of the new two-storey school 2,300m2 building fully segregated from the live operational existing school. Once the new facility was completed and operational, the final phase of works involved the safe demolition of the former school building and completion of final external works.

We led the development of the design to ensure all requirements of the EFA Output Specification were achieved, key programme dates were met, planning approval was gained and the scheme was delivered within the affordability envelope set by the EFA.

Safely constructing the new build school adjacent to the live operational existing school was the primary scheme risk. Robust solutions to achieve this key criteria were reached through meticulous planning and the creation of a logistics proposal which was developed collaboratively with the EFA and the School. The use of off-site manufacture led construction processes limited the site activity to an absolute minimum to minimise disruption to the live education environment.

Leading all stakeholder engagement, we developed project solutions to ensure that the needs of all individuals and organisations impacted by the project were considered throughout the development.

All site-based activity was delivered in accordance with the Code of Considerate Practice as set out by the Considerate Constructor Scheme. Project specific examples of this approach included sending letters to local residents to inform them about the progress of the building and when the building structure was being delivered from our assembly facility 2 miles from the school’s location, the duration of the deliveries and how this would affect them regarding parking restrictions.

 

Outcome

Our robust soft landings and quality management procedures were used to provide certainty of quality delivery at Hilderthorpe. To handover a high-quality education facility with zero defects we implemented our ‘right first time' approach, planning for a defect-free handover from day one. From commencement we ensured the scheme was designed, manufactured and constructed with the operational needs of new school firmly at the forefront of all activity. As a result, at completion and hand-over of the new facility, the pupils and staff were able to seamlessly transfer into the new school causing minimal disruption to their educational outcomes.

 

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