Woodlands Pre School

“ The project has been delivered within a tight deadline. Jason’s assistance and support throughout this project has been very gratefully received. Always communicating effectively and responding to requests very efficiently. We are at the earliest stage of another project and I am confident that Jason will assist us again and we look forward to another positive project.”  Liz Pitts – Early Years and Childcare Quality and Access Lead Officer

The Brief:

Concertus Design and Property Consultants were commissioned by Suffolk County Council to assist in obtaining funding to provide a new building to facilitate children between the ages of 3 and 4 in support of the governments commitment towards childcare support. An initial feasibility study was undertaken to review prospective sites in order to determine their suitability and estimate construction costs. Concertus provided the necessary supporting documentation to their client to assist in successfully obtaining the required funding.

A redundant school caretakers bungalow was identified as a suitable site location to regenerate and construct the new local facility. A strong emphasis was placed on understanding the client’s requirements and in particular how the end user will operate within the building. This led to a comprehensive brief being established which defined a clear set of objectives to be achieved within the design whilst maintaining a strong focus on cost and time constraints.

The Services:

  • Initial feasibility study to determine suitability of sites and estimated construction costs.
  • Preparation and submission of detailed planning application to demolish existing building and erection of the the new single storey pre school building
  • Development of detailed design drawings prepared for construction
  • Co-ordination of design information with all design team members
  • Preparation and issue of detailed tender documentation to contractors, analysis and reporting on submitted tenders and recommend the award of contract.
  • Project management of the project through mobilisation and construction phases through to practical completion.

The Result:

Our planning application was successfully granted in January 2017 which allowed us to finalise the detailed construction information and competitively tender the construction package. The project needed to be delivered within a tight timeframe to ensure that the pre school was ready for operation from the 1st September 2017.

We appointed SEH French as the Principal Contractor and works onsite commenced on the 3rd April 2017. The site had limited space which required careful planning and co-ordination for works to be conducted in confined areas.

The project was successfully delivered on time and within the allocated budget.  The new pre school offers capacity for 30 children and the design has focused on ensuring that key facilities have been incorporated to assist the staff in safeguarding the children.