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Mayfield Primary Academy

Value | £8,000,000

Completion Date | 17 May 2019

 

Challenge

Mayfield Primary School, in the London Borough of Ealing, was operating as a 315 place 1.5-form entry school complete with a 26 place nursery. The existing buildings stood as a time-served ‘CLASP’ system which were in a poor state of repair, and inefficiently configured. Furthermore, the existing school buildings were located to the centre of the site which limited the capacity for external play and team sports.

The strategic vision for the new facility, delivered through the Education Funding Agency’s (EFA) Priority School Building Programme (PSBP), was to increase the pupil intake to 420 as a 2-form entry with nursery places increasing to 30. The scheme requirements were to locate the new school on the site of the existing facility, with the existing pupils decanting into temporary facilities for the duration of the development.

 

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 project consisted of the relocation of the reception classroom modular building, decant of the existing pupils into temporary accommodation, followed by construction of a new three-storey 2,214m2 building complete with drainage, new service connections and associated hard and soft landscaping. Final activities included the safe demolition of the existing building segregated from the live operational environment where staff and pupils were learning and teaching.

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.

A key project challenge was to deliver the scheme safely whilst the existing school facility operated from temporary decant accommodation. This was successfully achieved through meticulous planning and the creation of a logistics proposal which was developed collaboratively with the EFA and the School. The use of offsite 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 providing absolute segregation of all construction and demolition activity from the live school and the creation of a specific haul road for construction traffic to keep this away from staff, pupils, parents and other visitors to the school.

 

Outcome

Our robust soft landings and quality management procedures were used to provide certainty of quality delivery at Mayfield. 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, Elliott 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.

This project was fulfilling in so many ways, mostly because of the impact the new school has had on the learning environment for the teachers and their pupils. The light and airy structure enhances all of the learning environments which promotes improved learning outcomes.

 

“We, as Governors, wanted to formally thank you for everything that you have done to ensure that our amazing new school building was ready to open for the beginning of term. We have followed the progress throughout the project and are aware of the stresses of the build on all parties and we know that you have worked incredibly hard to accommodate the needs of the school and the local community,” - David Scully, Chair of Governors.

“Work began on the new school in Autumn 2017. We had regular meetings with the Elliott team, who were led by Michael Hargraves. The team were superb, professional, polite, courteous, helpful and supportive. More than this, they were flexible, they consulted us on proposals, asked us where we would like furniture and fixings sited and allowed us to make our choices on the carpet design, and wall colour schemes. From furniture, to the colour of the doors on the toilet cubicles, we were involved in every step of the process. This gave us ownership of our school, and made our school a unique and bespoke place to learn and work.” - Belinda Ewart, Head Teacher.

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