Over the last 12 months Bildeston Primary School has been transformed into a bright modern looking school for Primary School students.
The school has had its roof renewed which included stripping back the existing roof, new cut to falls insulation and new roof lights. The removal of a tank room in part also improved the external look of the school. The roof is now covered by an extensive warranty which will give the school peace of mind over the coming years. These works were undertaken by Cambridge Flat Roofing and designed by Concertus Design and Property Consultants Ltd.
Suffolk-based facilities management group Vertas acted as property advisors, steering the school through the design stages, helping resolve concerns around traffic in and around school, liaising with the school around Covid-19 restrictions and working with Concertus on funding and budget management. The scheme explored the feasibility of utilising additional funding sources through the Salix Energy Efficiency Fund which is available to schools.
With time being precious everything was undertaken while the school was open and operational. The site team kept in daily contact with school staff to advise of work areas etc and this worked well with no major difficulties.
On completion of the roof and a short break it was time to start the external cladding and new windows. Starting in early June SEH French and Concertus resumed works after ensuring all suppliers were able to provide their services during the Covid 19 pandemic, especially windows as without these we were unable to start.
The works consisted of removal of existing cladding and replacing with new HardiePlank (Fibre Cement Board) giving a cedar effect finish, along with insulation to the existing timber frame structure and fire breaks as requested by Building Control. Windows and all external doors were removed, including the curtain walling to the hall, and were replaced with new double-glazed units, improved access doors and locking systems.