Project

Barrow CEVC Primary School

Brief

A decision to expand the school’s age range to include year 5 and 6 pupils meant additional teaching space was required.

These additional classbases were needed to provide accommodation for the extended age range, increasing the school’s capacity from 150 to 210 places. We were also asked to create a masterplan for a total of 315 places.

Key Info

Location:
Barrow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Project Type:
New Build

Client:
Suffolk County Council – Children and
Young People (CYP)

End User:
Barrow CEVC Primary School

Project Completion:
October 2020

Project Value:
£794,000

Contractor:
Brooks & Woods Ltd

Contract Type:
JCT Standard

Disciplines:
Architecture, Electrical Engineering, Estates, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering, Quantity Surveying, Structural Engineering

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Scope

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, we worked collaboratively to build a new block which holds 2 modern classrooms, a group room, and toilet facilities.

Construction was put on hold following the Government’s lockdown announcement but our team worked hard to accelerate the programme and ensure the school’s deadline was still met.

The new building complements the listed building on site (through material and colour choices), whilst introducing contemporary construction in the form of a butterfly roof to create its own identity. Large overhangs provide shelter and enhance solar gain. We incorporated a natural ventilation strategy which included tall windows to create bright, airy rooms that enhance the learning environment. A large feature corner window connects the building to the rest of the site.

By using the full functionality of our 3D modelling software, we developed a co-ordinated BIM model to run clash detection simulations at the design stage, thereby reducing clashes and queries on-site.

Testimonial

“Our thanks go to everyone involved in the project during this difficult time; the professionalism and resilience from all concerned has been second to none.”

Helen Ashe, Headteacher, Barrow CEVC Primary School

Result

Our carefully considered masterplan easily enables future expansion to accommodate growth and educational demands.

The design surpassed expectations of a school building and has a high-quality finish featuring exceptional attention to detail.

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Robert Clack

School

Brief

Robert Clack School needed to address the issue of a lack of sports facilities.

Indoor games were limited due to the accessibility of the existing small gymnasium. The school was unable to offer basketball, badminton, fitness or dance classes and the majority of sports had to be played on outdoor pitches.

The London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council looked to construct a new sports hall which would contain four courts, a multi-use studio, a dance studio and changing rooms. In addition to offering the National Curriculum across the entire subject range, this project also aimed to respond to the significant population growth within the area.

Key Info

Type:
Feasibility, New Build

Value:
£4 million

Location:
Dagenham

Client:
Barnes Construction – on behalf of London
Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council

End User:
Robert Clack School

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

Project Duration:
10 months

Disciplines:
Architecture, Carbon + Energy Design + Management, Client Adviser, Electrical Engineering, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical Engineering

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Scope

We were commissioned to design a sports facility which needed to follow the key principles laid out by Sport England in the design guidance note: ‘Sports Hall – Design & Layouts’.

It was also necessary for the design to adhere to Sport England Optimum Package standards.

The external design allows the school to develop their vision of creating useable spaces externally with consideration to landscape plazas to the south and east of the development. A balanced combination of hard and soft landscape design has been incorporated to suit the building’s scale and function. Careful consideration has been given to the layout of the building to ensure potentially noisy areas are located away from the nearby residential properties. The timber style appearance was chosen to fit in with the surrounding tree landscape design and site boundary. The red brick of the fitness and dance studios enables a joined up approach with the existing buildings on site. To meet the needs of the high level of activity, a facing block was integrated into the design to provide a natural but robust treatment.

Internally, the design provides a secure lobby entrance through to a main foyer. Corridor links lead directly to changing rooms, sports facilities and dance and fitness studios. These corridors have been designed to maintain a direct approach for pupils and minimise travel distances. Natural ventilation has been used where possible. A mechanical system has been placed on the roof to provide a fully compliant building design. This system is surrounded by high walls of timber effect, masonry and louvres to lower noise levels whilst maintaining an aesthetic appearance to the building elevations.

Testimonial

“Collaborative working at its best enabled us to develop a winning bid to deliver a new sports hall, dance studios and changing rooms for the Robert Clack School in Dagenham. Partnering with Concertus for their previous experience and expertise ensured that we jointly developed and delivered to the brief and budget, within the available timescale and to high levels of quality. From the building’s orientation and juxtaposition to the innovative CHP heating and power solutions, the Concertus designers considered and delivered to the brief.”

Mark Bailey, Barnes Construction

Result

This fit for purpose sports accommodation has resulted in a wider range of activities being available to pupils.

The building has achieved a 35% reduction in carbon emissions and met the project budget.

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Sybil Andrews Academy
– Masterplan

Brief

We were asked to produce a Master Plan for the design and construction of a new secondary school at Moreton Hall in Bury St Edmunds.

Our brief was to design a school that would incorporate core facilities capable of supporting 900 students, with teaching accommodation for 600. The Master Plan also had to demonstrate the ability of the site to expand to accommodate 1400 pupils, plus a sixth form, by 2031.

Key Info

Client:
Suffolk County Council – CYP

Project Completion:
July 2015

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Estates + Development Management, Landscape Architecture, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy

Why did they choose us?

  • We have a high degree of expertise and experience in the Education Sector.
  • We have recent knowledge gained through acting as client advisors on two new EFA Academies in Suffolk, Felixstowe and Ipswich. This experience also provided us with an understanding of how academies are looking to deliver education and set out their buildings.
  • We had recently completed phase 2 of 3 of a new high school at Pakefield, Lowestoft.
  • We had a great local knowledge gained from designing and constructing two Primary Schools within the Moreton Hall Area.
  • We demonstrated our ability to work with a large number of stakeholders, understand their varying requirements whilst ensuring that the design provides a high quality educational project.
  • We had the ability and capacity to produce a fully co-ordinated design within a short time period.
  • We had the vision to consider the scheme holistically, and were able to integrate phase 1 and the requirements of the wider Masterplan as the school and site develops. Our designers were able to include flexibility within the design.
  • We possessed the ability to liaise and communicate with adjacent developers to ensure coherent development for the local area.

What did we do differently?

  • We reacted and delivered on a quick turnaround.
  • We engaged with the end user regarding layout and design at an early stage.
  • We considered the needs of the client, the Academy and the pupils; all of whom had separate requirements and priorities.
  • The fully coordinated design was developed in-house.
  • The 3D modelling included structures and services.
  • We produced high quality visuals and a fly through.
  • Through the design we looked to remove / minimize risks for: site safety and security, pupil protection, vehicle and pupil separation and bullying.
  • We were able to provide a design which allows for shared usage by the community and the school, whilst maintaining secure separation.

Fly Through

Testimonial

“We demonstrated our ability to work on a quick turnaround with a large number of stakeholders, understanding their varying requirements whilst ensuring that the design provides a high quality educational project.”

Charles Coulson, Associate Director, Concertus

Result

The finished Master Plan comprised buildings that were designed to be adaptable and flexible.

The buildings can also be adapted as the school grows and in response to changes in the school curriculum. The core admin and other infrastructure areas are designed to support ease of movement and access as well as management of the school and the site. Specialist classrooms, practical areas and sports facilities were incorporated in accordance with BB98 & BB103 guidance.

In addition, the design of the school maximises opportunities for community use outside the school day, through consideration of access, service zoning and security needs. It also incorporates good practice in relation to environmental sustainability. The external environment is inspiring and makes provision for formal, informal and habitat spaces along with sports pitches. Appropriate levels of parking are included within the Master Plan.

The design and location of the heart building has been carefully considered to provide a strong visual feature to the school and wider environment. It has been positioned along the western boundary to act as an acoustic break and light shield between the school site and the neighbouring residential development, whilst providing a strong visual presence to people entering Moreton Hall via the new Eastern Relief Road. The entrance is strongly emphasised through the continuation of structural framing beyond the building line and this draws people into the building whilst blurring the distinction between internal and external space.

Designed around the ethos of a central heart space the building looks to minimise the use of corridors by maximizing social and group spaces that can be used flexibly. Externally the main heart building is designed to express its structural frame with the structural columns situated on the outside of the external walls. This, combined with the lower roof line to the academic hall, positioned within the centre of the building, breaks up the elevation and the overall mass of the building. The western elevation has been designed to create intrigue and interest in the school.

Through the use of slender windows, glimpses are provided into the school, whilst minimising the issues of overlooking neighbouring properties. Larger elements of curtain glazing are then used to provide views through the building and into the school site. The eastern elevation is designed with large areas of glazing to reflect the way in which the heart building opens out into the site and provides a connection with the separate teaching blocks. Internally, the building has been designed to create a large, flexible teaching space which is predominately based around the Learning Resource and Dining areas.

Teaching Blocks 1-3 have been designed with the same principles of creating a central heart / group space with teaching accommodation arranged along the southern elevations to maximise natural day lighting. Services and group spaces are positioned along the southern elevation. Teaching Block 4 has been designed so that the classrooms are positioned along the northern elevation to enable the art classrooms to benefit from north light, whilst creating a courtyard space for external teaching and forming an edge to the proposed development line.

The strong vertical lines created by the structure of the heart building and the positioning of the buildings on the site have been continued into the Landscape design. This theme is common to all the buildings, where bands of colour are proposed across the glazed sections, whilst instances of coloured panels are stretched along the remainder of the elevations.

Designed around the same architectural principles, the Sports Building is clearly identified as having a different usage on the site. The entrances for the public and pupils are highlighted within the elevations through the use of strong coloured rain screen panels, whilst the sports hall provides a softening to the site through the use of timber cladding.

The use of rain screen cladding to the majority of the elevations was proposed due to its durability and low maintenance. Furthermore thermally broken aluminium framed windows and low pitch single ply membranes, or three layer felt roofs, concealed behind parapets, were used to achieve good sustainability.

Key sustainable elements in the design include:

  • Biomass Boiler proposed as main heating source.

  • PV arrays to be provided on the roofs of the teaching blocks and sports building.

  • A site designed to ensure that a sustainable drainage scheme is possible, together with a large degree of permeable paving areas with attenuation ponds and swales.

  • Thermally efficient building with low u-values which exceed the requirements of building regulations. The scheme is currently under construction and the school has been named the Sybil Andrews Academy and will be run by the Samuel Ward Academy Trust.

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Sybil Andrews Academy

Brief

The new school had to have the ability to expand to accommodate 1,400 pupils, plus a sixth form by 2031.

Due to significant residential development in Bury St Edmunds we were asked to masterplan a new high school. After completing the Master Plan, we were asked to project manage on behalf of the client the construction of the new school. Our brief was to follow through on implementing our design proposal and deliver the completed Sybil Andrews Academy in the Autumn Term of 2016. Construction would incorporate core facilities capable of initially supporting 900 students, with teaching accommodation for 600. Being a major project for Suffolk the new high school attracted a high political profile and performance to budget and programme was paramount.  With a prominent location on the approach into Bury, the new building was also required to be a landmark building.

 

Key Info

Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk County Council

End User:
Samuel Ward Academy Trust
/ Sybil Andrews Academy

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

Project Completion:
December 2016

Project Value
£16 million

Project Duration:
18 months

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Estates + Development Management, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy

Scope + Delivery

The building contains large and flexible teaching spaces, which are predominately based around the learning resource and dining areas.

Sybil Andrews Academy was designed and constructed so that the building provides flexibility and can be adapted as the Academy grows, and in response to changes in the school curriculum. Designed around the ethos of a central heart space, the building looks to minimise the use of corridors by maximizing social and group spaces that can be used flexibly. The building contains large and flexible teaching spaces, which are predominately based around the learning resource and dining areas. The approach is continued within Teaching Block 1 where classrooms break out into a central group teaching and social space. The use of the auditorium staircase provides further smaller presentation and tutoring opportunities. The first phase of works also included a four court sports hall with a studio, gym and changing facilities to Sports England standards.

The location of the Heart building has been carefully considered to provide a strong visual feature to the Academy and its wider environment. It has been positioned along the western boundary to act as an acoustic break and light shield between the school site and the neighbouring residential development. The positioning also provides a strong visual presence to people entering Moreton Hall via the new Eastern Relief Road. The entrance is strongly emphasised through the continuation of structural framing beyond the building line and this draws people into the building whilst blurring the distinction between internal and external space.

The western elevation creates intrigue through the use of slender windows, which provide glimpses into the school, whilst minimising the issues of overlooking neighbouring properties. Larger elements of curtain glazing are then used to provide views through the building and into the school site. The eastern elevation comprises large areas of glazing to reflect how the heart building opens out into the site and provides a connection with the separate teaching blocks. The core admin and other infrastructure areas support ease of movement and access as well as management of the school and site. There is a strong relationship with the outdoor environment through the views from stairwells, curtain glazing and doorways. Externally across the whole site, paved areas follow a form and pattern to delineate the spaces and guide the users. The external environment is inspiring and provides formal and informal spaces along with sports pitches.

The opportunities have been maximised for community use outside the academic day through consideration of access, service zoning and security needs. This includes a Biomass boiler, photovoltaic panels, mechanical heat recovery and fully considered building orientation, resulting in an ‘A’ rating for energy performance. The building also incorporates good practice in relation to environmental sustainability.

Aware, from the start of construction, that the team would be working to a very challenging and tight schedule, the aim was to ensure that an extremely close working relationship was established between all stakeholders and the construction team. During the construction period, there were times when design amendments and alterations were being made alongside the construction works. This meant there was a need for total transparency and collaboration between the Barnes and Concertus teams both off and on-site.

The foul drainage solution included discharging to the new infrastructure yet to be constructed.  Due to delays in the development of the inner relief road and the adjacent business park the main sewer remained incomplete at the end of the project. To support the client, the project manager negotiated with the ground works contractor for the road and main sewer, to bring forward the holding tank associated with the new pumping station. This was achieved and the foul drainage from the new school was able to discharge to the holding tank. The project manager liaised with the main contractor to arrange for regular monitoring and pumping out of the holding tank.  This solution allowed the Academy to occupy and use the buildings immediately after handover, mitigating a significant delay.

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Testimonial

“It is a real credit to all those involved and to the collaborative ‘will-do’ approach taken by the designers and contractors alike. The students at Sybil Andrews Academy are in awe of their surroundings which act as a real inspiration in and out of the classroom. Sybil Andrews Academy is an incredible achievement in designing and building a new 21st century educational and sports facility from a standing start – and all within two years.”

Tim Coulson, Chief Executive of the Samuel Ward Academy Trust

Result

The finished project was shortlisted for the RICS Awards 2018 in the Community Benefit and Design Through Innovation categories.

Construction was completed mid-November and the children moved into the new school on Monday 5 December 2016. Divided into three key buildings; Heart Building, Teaching Block 1 and the Sports Building, the academy provides a stimulating educational environment.

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King Edward VI School

Brief

The successful implementation of the final phase of the Schools Organisational Review (SOR) in Bury St Edmunds was a key strategic priority for Suffolk County Council.

There was a requirement that from September 2016, when all the Middle Schools in the area closed, that King Edward VI School would need to accommodate two extra year groups converting from a 13-18 Upper to a 11-18 High School. The aim was to ensure it was ‘business as usual’ for the school, whilst carrying out the work to refurbish and extend the existing accommodation, at the heart of a live campus across the crucial GCSE exam period.

Key Info

Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk County Council

End User:
King Edward VI School

Contractor:
Morgan Sindall

Project Completion:
August 2016

Project Value
£1.7 million

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy, Structural + Civil Engineering

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Scope

Concertus were initially asked to explore the potential opportunities for accommodating the additional specialist and non-specialist teaching accommodation required by King Edward VI School.

A couple of options were presented to the client within a feasibility study. The preferred option was then selected and the scope refined to make the scheme fit to the client’s budget. To minimise the impact on the school and the students our project team worked closely with the teaching staff and school facilities manager and business manager to ensure construction schedules worked around the exam calendar. This included complete stand down times during every exam so that pupils could undertake their work in silence.

As part of its multi-disciplinary approach, Concertus firstly provided several design options to establish an effective way of providing additional short-term accommodation whilst supporting delivery of a revised curriculum. Then the additional teaching spaces and refurbished existing space were designed to provide a comfortable and stimulating environment.

Construction work included new class base extensions to the maths and media centre. In addition, the school’s administration building and conference centre – located within the main campus – were upgraded, installing steelwork and removing an internal wall to maximise floor space. The conference centre also underwent major internal refurbishment including the addition of a kitchen. The mechanical and electrical components of all three buildings were upgraded to create a more energy efficient space.

Testimonial

“From our point of view, it was flawless, hassle free, and everything was taken care of. The team were just so on it – they thought of things before we thought of them, and planning ahead was fantastic – we were kept involved with a phasing schedule so we could work around it, and it was just all so slick.”

Maggie Shaw, Facilities Manager, King Edward VI School

Result

The school’s media centre has doubled in size, with extensions at either end of the building.

The changes to the single-storey structure, which features a curved profile roof, accommodate the increased demand for information and communication technology at the school.

Through lean planning and collaborative working, the team ensured the project was delivered on time, within budget and scored a 10 out of 10 for customer satisfaction on handover.

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Poplars Primary School

Brief

Under Suffolk County Council’s new Primary Capital Programme, Poplars Primary School was earmarked as a priority school requiring redevelopment.

The school was required to increase the pupil admission numbers to accommodate up to 420 pupils plus 26 full-time or 52 part-time nursery pupils.

The school occupies the same grounds as Northfield St Nicholas Primary School also earmarked as a priority school. Both schools share the same site and main entrance. Due to similar requirements under the capital programme, the two projects were designed, constructed, and completed together.

Key Info

Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk County Council

End User:
Suffolk County Council – Children and
Young People’s Services
Project Value:
£4.2 million

Project Completion:
November 2011

Contractor:
Wates Construction

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Project Management

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Scope

Concertus were engaged to provide a service and design solution, which could deliver the client’s brief, unify all parts of the school, and link the internal and external learning environments.

We provided the lead consultancy service, which included architectural and landscape design, mechanical and electrical services, project management, and contract administration consultancy. The design solution improved on the existing school facilities for the school population. This included a new nursery complex, relocated and remodelled reception classrooms, new teaching spaces, new external play areas, and a full refurbishment of the existing facilities.

The design helps improve the general school environment and raise educational standards in this part of Lowestoft.

Result

Through collaboratively working with the client and stakeholders we delivered an educational facility with the flexibility to meet the needs of the local community and school curriculum, fully adhering to the client’s brief.

The works included:

  • The creation of a communal area and focal point in the centre of the school.
  • Purpose built internal courtyard for formal and social activities, secure from the outside areas.
  • Links between all spaces around the school buildings offering direct sight lines to external areas via the new courtyard.
  • Improved circulation throughout the building, which incorporates a novel courtyard/pyramid and fully glazed coloured natural light windows to northern classrooms.
  • Quality finishes providing durability and incorporating sustainability considerations.
  • Fully refurbished design with new windows, improved solar shading, improved insulation and efficient lighting.
  • Improvements to the school’s security with re-arranged external spaces and secure design consideration.
  • Fully landscaped and planted external areas which encourage learning and social scenarios for outdoor teaching and play.

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St Christopher’s CEVC

Primary School

Brief

Having worked closely with St Christopher’s on the design and construction of an extension at the school, we were successfully appointed to supervise the installation of Solar PV.

It was vital that our structural engineer identified a suitable roof area that was capable of accommodating solar PV which complied with building regulations.

Key Info

Location:
Red Lodge, Suffolk

End User:
St Christopher’s CEVC Primary School

Project Completion:
December 2014

Contractor:
Concertus, Bauder, Imtech

Disciplines:
Building Services, Structural + Civil Engineering

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Scope

The array design was finalised by Bauder and a pre-start meeting arranged between Concertus, Imtech and the school.

The installation process made use of a scissor lift to reduce the amount of scaffolding required at ground level and speed up the installation. Edge protection scaffolding was used around the perimeter of the roof. Bauder, the roofing contractor, bonded the PV array mounts onto the roof and Imtech completed the wiring and testing.

Once installed and commissioned, the array was registered for the school by Concertus to receive the Government feed-in tariff incentive.

Testimonial

“The planning and installation of the PV array at St Christopher’s was a very smooth and straight forward process for us the end user. (Contractors) were in constant dialogue with the school, making sure that disruption to the fabric of the school and its operation was kept to a minimal level and so that the school knew what was happening and when. Works were carried out quickly and efficiently with the site being left as it was found, but with the addition of a 21KW PV system.”

Orron Bush, Premises Manager, St Christopher’s CEVCP School

Result

The array is monitored and performing well by generating electricity for the school’s use.

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The Limes Primary Academy

Brief

The brief for the project was to construct a new primary school to serve the Woods Meadow development in Lowestoft.

The school was to be master planned to accommodate a total of 420 primary pupils with further additional space for 30 pre-school children.

The client required well-designed and functional school buildings which would seek to make a significant contribution to raising pupil achievement and educational standards. The environment needed to inspire and stimulate pupils’ learning, as well as reflect advances in ICT technology, including all the new opportunities this presents. It was necessary for the project to deliver high quality and flexible surroundings, both internally and externally, to enable the new school to meet educational demands today and to cope with changes in the future. A shared parking area for the primary school and Waveney District Council was included within the brief.

Key Info

Type:
Feasibility, Masterplanning, New Build

Value:
£6 million

Location:
Lowestoft, Suffolk

Duration:
52 weeks

Client:
Suffolk County Council – Health Wellbeing and Children’s Services

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

End User:
REAch2 Academy Trust

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Estates + Development Management, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy, Structural + Civil Engineering

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Scope

The design meets the increasing and complex demands of pupils and an evolving curriculum.

The traditional steel frame permits flexibility which suits longer-term changes in the size or number of rooms. The flexibility of the design also allows short-term changes in teaching methods and the integration of advanced ICT to help stimulate the pupils’ learning ability. The learning environment has been designed to be inclusive for children with Special Educational Needs (SEN). The light, spacious classrooms maximise opportunities for community use outside of school hours. Curtain glazing enables natural light to enter the internal spaces and views out to the surrounding landscape. An injection of colour between the windows is striking and refers to the beautiful finishing touches internally. The stained glass reception canopy allows all year round use of the amazing outside learning and play zone.

Sustainability was considered early in the design so best practice could be embraced before, during and beyond the construction phases to reduce the immediate and long-term environmental impact of the new school. The parameters of the brief changed throughout the project. This was in response to additional stakeholder involvement part way through the project. The design team was flexible and accommodating, meeting the needs of the changing brief and minimising the impact to the build programme on site. We took on the role of advisor to the client and made certain requirements were met.

The Limes Primary Academy Hall
The Limes Primary Academy Entrance

Testimonial

“It’s an impressive building with beautiful finishing touches such as the stained glass in the hall and on the reception canopy. The Early Years children and staff have settled very well into their space. The children are enjoying the outside area and the flexibility of moving between the classrooms. As a new school, we are constantly showing new parents around. All of the parents have been impressed by the building, often commenting on the light, airy and spacious classrooms. The staff have been very impressed with their workroom space, staff room and their own courtyard.”

Kate Cracknell, Headteacher, The Limes Primary Academy

Result

The new school incorporates the best elements from a number of new school projects within Suffolk with creative design solutions implemented.

The external works meet ESFA standards and comply with BB103 recommendations.

Despite delays with the utilities companies, we managed the situation professionally to make sure the school could open on time. The completed project came in on budget and surpassed the expectations of both the end user and the client.

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Thurston Primary Academy

Brief

Thurston Primary Academy required a larger site to cater for the new housing developments in the local area.

The existing site was unsuitable for expansion and a decision was therefore made to relocate and expand to facilitate the additional pupils (Early Years and Secondary). This school will initially accommodate 420 students, plus a 30-place pre-school, with room for future expansion to a total of 630 students in the main school building and 60 places in the pre-school.

Key Info

Location:
Thurston, Suffolk

Type:
Relocation

Contract Type:
2 Stage Tender

Client:
Suffolk County Council Children and Young People (CYP)

End User:
Thurston Primary Academy

Project Value:
£7.6 million

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Estates + Development Management, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy, Structural + Civil Engineering

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Scope

Two school sites were offered as potential new locations for the school. Feasibility studies were carried out at both sites to determine their suitability.

We then produced a detailed report which was presented to the school, Trust and Diocese. Following this presentation, we were commissioned to design and implement the necessary school development. Our multi-disciplined team were asked to design, project manage and cost manage both buildings.

We worked collaboratively to ensure design procurement met the client’s needs and redesigned the internal layout to utilise fully the space available. Natural ventilation was incorporated into the design where possible to save costs and reduce the school’s impact on the environment (linking to Suffolk County Council’s green credentials). To ensure the client’s budget was met, we simplified the roof structure and reduced the total height of the building. This allowed our Structural Engineers to create a steel frame which satisfied the required checks as well as reducing the steel tonnage and therefore cost. Further savings were identified within the bills of quantities.

The design was modelled in 3D to allow for a successful coordination of all design elements. Solibri Model Checker was used to run automated collision detection on each discipline’s model at fixed points in time. The findings were then discussed in design team meetings and any issues were addressed to ensure clashes were eliminated. Reports were generated as part of this process to provide visual confirmation to all of the parties involved. Designing a model to BIM Level 2, which was used by our QS team and contractor, provided the client with a more defined cost certainty.

Our Landscape team worked with the client and stakeholder to develop the site masterplan to reflect the school’s ethos. This included a Forest School area, amphitheatre and mounds for a variety of play options and habitats. Following negotiation with Suffolk County Council Planners, cycle provision has been incorporated into the design and space allocated for future expansion.

Consultation evenings with parents and meetings with the Governors, Planning and Parish Council were organised by us to help the project run smoothly. Letter drops were also arranged to keep the local community informed throughout the project.

Testimonial

“It has been extremely exciting to work closely with the infrastructure team, Suffolk County Council and Concertus Design and Property Consultants, who have been fantastic at guiding us step by step in order to reach this point on the Thurston C of E Primary Academy relocation and expansion.”

Kathy Lambert and John Bayes, Co-Head Teachers, Thurston CEVC Primary Academy

Result

The school is due to be completed in summer 2021 and will provide a modern, innovative and exciting new school for the community.

Processes developed and implemented on this project for client engagement and BIM/clash detection are now being used on many other projects due to their success in saving time, money and providing truly integrated outputs.

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Project

St Christopher’s CEVCP School

Brief

Concertus was asked to design and manage the construction of the new build St Christopher’s Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School in Red Lodge.

It needed to be a facility for 315 pupils, to accommodate the staff and pupils of an existing school, Tuddenham Primary, as well as meeting future demand for primary education in the area.

Key Info

Location:
Red Lodge, Suffolk

Type:
New Build

Client:
Suffolk County Council

End User:
Suffolk County Council – Children and
Young People (CYP)

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

Project Completion:
July 2012

Disciplines:
Architecture, Building Services Design, Landscape Architecture, Project Management, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy

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Scope

We worked with a range of stakeholders, partners and end users that included Suffolk County Council and Tuddenham Primary School’s headteacher, teachers and governors.

We then delivered a total design and project management package that would initially accommodate 315 pupils, but allow for an extension to be added with more classrooms at a later date. The school was to be built within the principles of “passive sustainability”, with classrooms making use of natural light and ventilation to keep energy costs down and reduce the carbon footprint of the building. There was also a requirement to incorporate elements of community use as a local hub.

Testimonial

“The facilities provide generous accommodation on two floors which have been planned carefully to meet the needs of children in Key Stages 1 and 2. The school has been designed and orientated to make good use of natural light and ventilation providing a high quality teaching and learning environment.”

Frank Stockley, Senior Infrastructure Officer Children and Young People Services, Suffolk County Council

Result

The school was completed a month ahead of schedule and all requirements of the brief were met.

These included:

  • Natural ventilation using high-level chimneys
  • Sustainable elements made visible where possible
  • Community access to the main hall and studios, secure from the rest of the school
  • Biomass boilers, PV arrays and low energy lighting
  • Games pitches, informal hard and soft play areas, class garden and external teaching areas
  • Involvement of a Pupil Client Team throughout the project
  • The creation of flexible learning environments to allow for a range of teaching methods

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