Project

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). The 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:
New Build

Contract Type:
Traditional

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

End User:
Thurston Primary Academy

Project Value:
£7.6 million

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

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

Our multi-disciplined team were asked to project manage and cost manage both buildings.

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.

We worked collaboratively to ensure design procurement met the client’s needs and redesigned the internal layout to utilise the available space fully. 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

 

“We are thrilled to once again be working with Suffolk County Council and Concertus on another new school to meet the needs of the local communities in mid-Suffolk.”

Mark Bailey, Director, Barnes Construction

Result

The school was completed in summer 2021 providing 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

The Bridge School

Phase Two

Brief

The Bridge School aims to provide the students with high class, specialist education facilities and a smooth transition between primary and secondary education.

In Suffolk there was a requirement for further and enhanced Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) schools. In 2014 Concertus designed and delivered The Bridge Primary school, a purpose built Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) school. At the time of this delivery, we were also commissioned to produce a masterplan for phase two of this project, to extend the primary school to provide a secondary school connected via shared facilities. In 2019 the client, Suffolk County Council, authorised this second phase to proceed, and Concertus were commissioned to deliver the project alongside the chosen contractor, Morgan Sindall.

Key Info

Type:
New Build

Value:
£9.2 million

Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk County Council

Contractor:
Morgan Sindall

End User:
The Bridge School

Project Completion:
March 2021

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

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Scope

The project manager oversaw the project from inception to completion.

In 2019, when the Council decided to progress the development of the secondary school, the original plans had to be reassessed in line with new budgetary requirements. This resulted in a complete redesign so that the project would meet the client’s new budget while still adhering to their key requirements and the existing planning permissions. This was done carefully, involving collaboration between many of Concertus’ in-house teams, the Contractor, the end-users, the Planning Authority and the client. This ensured the re-design followed the original ethos of the project while still adhering to the agreed key programme dates.

Further design considerations were taken in relation to the varying levels on site. Our Structural and Civil Engineers explored various options to provide a suitable solution for the water discharge on site, as well as working closely with the architecture team to ensure the design was sympathetic to the space available for the new school. Value engineering options, including cut and fill comparisons, resulted in the ability to level the floor plan, removing staircases from the design improving both the cost efficiency of the design and the ease of movement around the school for the students.

The Structural Engineering team took full consideration of the site requirements when opting to use a timber Structurally Insulated Panel System (SIPS) for the school’s structure. This Modern Method of Construction (MMC) was chosen due to the proximity of the new building to the existing school and the restricted access to the site. As SIPS are predominantly manufactured off-site, the construction time on-site was significantly shorter minimising noise and disruption on the occupied school site.

The project manager oversaw the project from inception to completion. An excellent working relationship was developed between Concertus, Morgan Sindall and the client which remained throughout the project. This ensured the project was co-ordinated successfully and progressed well in line with the agreed programme. Co-ordination of the site was vital due to the works being carried out on a live school site. Clear and consistent communication between all involved ensured the impact of works upon the school were minimised and full consideration was taken for the acoustic and sensory needs of the pupils. Logistical meetings were held with the end users prior to the building works starting to ensure access routes were agreed for each stage of the project to keep the school safe and fully operational throughout the works. This co-ordination and working relationship were instrumental, particularly during the covid-19 pandemic which started part way through construction. The team’s efficient and proactive response to the pandemic ensured the site did not have to close, and that all operations were carried out safely fully complying with government guidance. Strict social distancing measures meant the school and construction site could operate independently without any contact between site workers or pupils and staff, diminishing the risk of covid-19 outbreaks and site closure.

Our project manager led engagement sessions with end users early in the project to ensure all the needs and requirements for the future of the school were taken into consideration. Vital elements were that the design and structure were of high quality, incorporated different signing and colours for each classroom, safety considerations for access control and safeguarding, a hydrotherapy pool with changing rooms, a sensory room, and a safe and easy drop off area. Our architecture team led the design workshops and sessions to incorporate these elements whilst still maintaining a modern and functional design, as well as implementing innovative elements such as specially designed acoustics panels to ensure a quieter environment for the pupils. Client engagement continued throughout the project, and the schools headteacher played an active role. This was essential to ensuring the best possible facilities could be provided for the pupils, which were facilitated through active design changes as the project progressed. For instance, the hall layout was changed to account for rebound therapy needs upon request of the headteacher who knew this would be a highly beneficial addition for the pupils. We worked closely with the therapist and headteacher to incorporate this requirement.

Further redesigns, which were administered while construction was taking place on site, included substantial changes to the external works. This was to accommodate a change in teaching provision, ensuring the external areas of the school were suitable for the school’s amended needs while still remaining within the client’s budget. This involved a series of discussions and workshops alongside the Quantity Surveying team and Landscape Architect. We also worked closely with the school to ensure the play equipment they had purchased at the start of the project was considered within the design, allowing adequate space for this to be installed post completion.

Following the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and the social distancing requirements put in place, the school requested changes to the drop off/pick up areas. This was due to changes in the pupil transport arrangements and logistics upon how many pupils could be dropped off at any one time, which meant the current design no longer met the school’s needs. We worked with the school and Morgan Sindall to review the alternative options available to provide a more suitable solution for the increased traffic. This involved separating drop-off zones for different ages of pupil and amending access arrangements within the school to facilitate the two-entrance system. This was aimed at ensuring social distancing could still be adhered to while allowing pupils to have safe and close access to where they needed to go and to allow for more efficient pick-up and drop-off times.

Testimonial

“I attended the opening ceremony for The Bridge and was absolutely stunned by the new school. The building is marvellous and the landscaping quite exceptional. Given the constraints of the site, it was an enormous ask to work around an existing school to achieve something quite new for Suffolk.  We give our sincere thanks to the Concertus team for their outstanding work and to Morgan Sindall for the quality and timeliness of the build in the context of seemingly impossible external conditions. I hope everyone feels very proud of their work. It is going to be a wonderful school.”

Joy Stoddart, Head of Schools Infrastructure, Suffolk County Council

Result

The new secondary school provides staff and pupils with high-tech and modern facilities to support their learning and development.

The transformation of this site, into a state-of-the-art SEND school, has been a much-needed project for Suffolk County Council and the local community in Ipswich. The excellent working relationship between Suffolk County Council, Concertus, Morgan Sindall, and the Academy end user allowed for a seamless transition to deliver this specialist school, which has surpassed expectations through creative design solutions and co-operative working practices. The excellent management of this project and collaboration between all involved resulted in the new school being completed on-time and in budget, despite the impact of the covid-19 pandemic. The Headteacher is thrilled with the completed school and the creation of a space which provides excellent educational benefits for current and future pupils and has described it as a beacon of excellence.

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Project

Castle East School

Brief

The aim of this project was to contribute towards meeting the undersupply of SEND school provision in Suffolk.

This project was procured by Concertus under the Suffolk County Council Framework, for the refurbishment and remodelling of the existing 1930’s building. This was to create The Castle East School, an 80 place Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Cognition and Learning (C&L) provision for both primary and secondary school children.

Key Info

Type:
Refurbishment + Remodelling

Contract Type:
JCT Standard Contract

 

Location:
Bungay, Suffolk

Duration:
10 months

Client:
Suffolk County Council

Contractor:
SEH French

End User:
Castle East School

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

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Scope

The re-configuration has been designed to deliver 8 class bases, 4 for the primary students and 4 for the secondary students.

We have been involved in the project from inception, including the initial feasibility studies and procurement of the contractor through a single stage tender. We worked closely with the client to develop a two stage approach to the project, which would adhere to their budget and brief. Phase one was the refurbishment of the unused area of the school and the appropriate external areas to provide a C&L unit with an initial 40 place capacity. Phase two will then be the future expansion of the school, to 80 places, to utilise the remaining premises and the associated external areas currently occupied by The Attic PRU.

The school will incorporate various specialist facilities, including a food technology classroom, a design and technology classroom, science classrooms, a dining hall, a sensory suite, an ICT suite, a library, and a music and drama hall. The team worked hard to ensure the design was developed with the specialist needs of the end users in mind to provide an appropriate state of the art learning facility.  When planning the works, the team wanted to ensure the design worked with the existing 1930’s building. This was beneficial as the integrity provided by the existing building enhances the robustness of the school to best suit the end users. We have also provided an upgraded boiler system and upgraded the windows from Crittall Frame to UPVC double glazing to increase the efficiency of the building.

Result

The work carried out by the team on phase one of the project has been very well received by the client.

The project team have provided an exceptional service throughout and have adapted well to the client’s needs. The completed school provides a significant improvement to the pre-existing building to provide the much needed SEND C&L provision in Bungay.

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Project

Waste Transfer
Station
(Lytham Road)

Brief

We were selected as the chosen consultant for this project due to our multi-disciplined and collaborative approach to our projects.

We were commissioned by our client, Suffolk County Council, to design and project manage the construction of a new waste transfer centre on the Lytham Road site in Ipswich.

Key Info

Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk

Project Type:
New Build

Client:
Suffolk County Council

End User:
Waste Transfer Station (Lytham Road)

Project Completion:
April 2021

Project Value:
£3.7 million

Contract Type:
JCT 2016 W/Quantities

Disciplines:
Architecture, Estates + Development Management, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical + Electrical Engineering, Project Management, Structural + Civil Engineering, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy

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Scope

Extensive external works were carried out to support the requirements of the facility, including establishing the main yard, access road and associated ground works.

We were involved from stage 3 of the project until completion, during which many of our multidisciplined teams have contributed towards the completion of the facility. This is a secondary Ipswich based centre to assist the existing Foxhall Road site and would specifically be for commercial waste rather than household waste. The purpose of the new station was to allow waste to be transported to The Energy from Waste Facility and recycling transported to reprocessing facilities more efficiently in fewer larger vehicles. The transfer station also required an office, weighbridge, car parking spaces, a new site access road, and a drainage and water management system.

The team utilised a 3D modelling system to produce the design for the new station to ensure accuracy and efficiency. This design incorporated several bays sized to cater for the storage of each separately collected waste type, with considerations for vehicle movements and up to two days retention time. The building’s main structure designed by our structural engineers consisted of a steel frame with external LunaWood Thermowood Cladding, in keeping with the local landscape and internal cladding. The weighbridge was also a key feature for the site, for lorries to be weighed as they enter and exist the site. A modular office was installed for the weighbridge staff, with a workspace, W/C and kitchen area.

Our Engineers were responsible for the installation of a passive hybrid designed ventilation system. This system included passive ventilation roof wind catchers, which by being predominantly wind powered, help make the building more sustainable and energy efficient. This was further enhanced by the installation of roof mounted solar panels for the new station. These are features we are conscious to incorporate within our designs to ensure we are making a conscious effort towards achieving Government’s NetZero by 2030 initiative.

The facility has also been appropriately future proofed to allow for expansion in response to housing growth in the area.

Result

We successfully delivered this important project for the local community, and the new waste transfer station is now complete and ready for use.

The new facility can accommodate the collection and transfer of waste in the Ipswich area more efficiently and in line with demand from population growth.

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Project

Ipswich Coroner’s Court

Brief

Concertus were appointed to carry out the necessary re-modelling work to facilitate bringing the services together within one building.

Following the transfer of responsibility for the Coroner’s Court from the police to Suffolk County Council, a review of the facility was undertaken by the council. The review aimed to investigate whether the Court’s services could be geographically rationalised within one location. Following this, Concertus were appointed to carry out the necessary re-modelling work to facilitate bringing the services together within one building. We were appointed due to the breadth of our experience, and the fact that we could provide a multi-disciplinary service for the required disciplines to enable successful delivery.

Key Info

Type:
Feasibility, Masterplanning

Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk

Duration:
6 months

Client:
Suffolk County Council

Contractor:
SEH French

End User:
Ipswich Coroner’s Court

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

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Scope

We worked with a number of stakeholders on this project, including commercial tenants who occupied the building throughout construction.

Our experience and skill set meant we were able to advise and consult on how to deliver the most effective programme for the end-user, whilst minimising the impact on existing tenants. We were instrumental in establishing the client and end user’s requirements for the new facility. This led to the development of a thorough brief, aimed at meeting both present and future requirements for the Court. This meant the Concertus team was able to propose and implement a design that was fit for current requirements and had an element of future-proofing to enable the Court to take advantage of modern technology.

In addition, we had to obtain planning permission for change of use so that the area of Beacon House which housed the Coroner’s Court could be used by the public. We also worked closely with the IT team at Suffolk County Council to ensure their requirements were incorporated within the building infrastructure. For instance, additional cabling and screens were installed to enable live interviews and tele-conferencing, allowing the possibility of witnesses giving evidence remotely.

Alongside the remodelling of the Coroner’s Court, the project incorporated several refurbishment elements. These elements included replacing air conditioning units, installing a new ventilation system for the first floor, upgrading the lift, and providing energy efficient sensor lighting on the first floor.

Testimonial

“This is the first time a purpose made provision has been created in the county for the exclusive use of inquest hearings. This new facility will enable the team to work in a more streamlined way, making full use of modern digital technology and provide the best service possible for bereaved families in the county.”

Jane Parker, Head of Registrars Service & Lead Manager for Coroners Service, Suffolk County Council

Result

Delivered on time and to budget, the new Coroner’s Court is now a centralised hub for the multiple services provided.

The court now operates from modern facilities that provide a conducive, appropriate, and sympathetic environment for the Coroner’s team, professionals, volunteers, and visiting families.

 

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Project

Skyliner Sports

Centre

Brief

The project comprised the construction of the new Skyliner Sports Centre adjacent to the Sybil Andrews Academy.

The new building provides sports facilities for both the Academy and for use by the general public. The scheme also included the provision of new external MUGA pitch facilities.

The accommodation provided includes a new sports hall, dance studios, gym, changing areas, equipment storage facilities, reception areas and plant space. The building incorporates a Biomass facility serving both the Sports Centre and the adjacent School.

Key Info

Type:
New Build

Value:
£6.5 million

Location:
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Client:
Suffolk County Council

End User:
Abbeycroft Leisure, Sybil Andrews Academy

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

Completion:
December 2016

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

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Scope

The building was constructed using a two storey steel framed structure with an insulated structural roof deck finished with a single ply roofing membrane.

The external envelope of the building was formed using a Metsec lightweight steel structural framing system set between the steel frame and clad externally with a decorative Rockpanel rainscreen cladding system. Internally, a specialist non-slip vinyl type floor was installed within the Sports Hall with timber sprung floors being provided in the Dance Studio and Gym areas.

Externally, hard pavings and a MUGA pitch with floodlighting formed part of the project in addition to drainage and new mains services.

Testimonial

“It’s been great to watch the development of a new first class sports facility here to support the new growing community at Moreton Hall alongside the recently opened Sybil Andrews Academy building. Pupils will really benefit from access to the full range of sports equipment and facilities as well as local people who can sign up for membership.”

Cllr Gordon Jones, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member (Children’s Services, Education and Skills)

Result

The sports centre will be managed by Abbeycroft Leisure, who also manage 18 other leisure facilities across Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Located on the site of the Sybil Andrews Academy, on Rougham Tower Avenue in Bury St Edmunds, the centre is a partnership project with a 45 station, state of the art gym, two fitness studios, a four badminton court sports hall and an outdoor 3G all weather pitch. From the start of the project the aim has always been to have a school which has wider links with the community through shared use of leisure facilities.

The sports centre will be open to the public every day, with some shared daytime use of the sports hall by the Academy. There will be an extensive group exercise class programme every day including the popular Les Mills classes and various children’s activities during term time plus a ‘Schools Out’ programme.

Designed by Concertus and built by Barnes Construction, the project to develop the Academy and the adjoining sports facility has been a joint venture between West Suffolk Council, Suffolk County Council, Abbeycroft Leisure and Samuel Ward Trust.

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Project

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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Project

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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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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Project

Lavenham Road

Brief

The requirements of the brief were to provide a new respite and supported living care home to replace the existing building which was outdated and no longer suitable for the intended use.

The project was planned to improve efficiencies within the service provision by enabling on-site management and save on revenue costs. Concertus, along with the client, worked to a brief incorporating strict guidelines from NHS England who funded the project. The budget was time critical and subject to achieving milestones, including obtaining planning consent by the end of 2018 and making a start on site by the end of financial year 18/19.

Key Info

Location:
Ipswich, Suffolk

Type:
Demolition, New Build

Location:
Suffolk County Council – Adult and Community Services

End User:
Home Group

Project Value:
£1.8 million

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

Scope

Initially we were instructed to complete a feasibility study, support the funding bid, prepare information and submit a planning application.

The site posed several complexities such as being steeply sloping and experiencing a possible contamination which had to be investigated by a series of site investigations. It was also of interest to archaeologists due to being in the vicinity of a Bronze Age cremation site, as well as Roman and Iron Age finds. Following receipt of planning consent, we carried out the full design and project management through to completion. Our collaborative approach to project delivery included continued client and stakeholder engagement during design and construction phases of the project.

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Testimonial

“Concertus have supported us through clear project management and ensured we met our deadlines and signed off each stage of the project when required. The design team have been engaged and responsive, listening and responding to our requirements and incorporating them into the design and bringing forward learning from other projects that we have been able to incorporate and use.”

Amanda Dunn, Adult and Community Services, Suffolk County Council

Result

We worked closely with a number of statutory bodies and advisors including NHS England, occupational therapists, the local planning authority, building control, the fire service and acoustic engineers.

By meeting all of the client’s requirements and ensuring the building worked efficiently for everyone involved, completion successfully took place on time and within budget.

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