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

Mildenhall Hub

Brief

We were appointed to produce a master plan for creating a single site hub for the town’s public services.

Spread across the town in Mildenhall, many of the diverse public sector buildings were reaching the end of their design lives. The hub would be home to the relocated Mildenhall Academy, Leisure Centre, Children’s Centre, Pre-school, Public Library, Advice Centre and offices for councils, the NHS, central government and the voluntary sector. Providing the town and surrounding area with integrated access to community services.

Key Info

Location:
Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

Project Type:
New Build

Client:
West Suffolk Council

End User:
Abbeycroft Leisure, Academies Enterprise Trust, Academy Transformation Trust, Adult Social Services, Citizens Advice, Clinical Commissions Group, Department Working Pensions, Public Heath England, Suffolk County Council (SCC), Suffolk Libraries, Suffolk Police, West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Trust

Project Completion:
May 2021

Project Value:
£39 million

Contract Type:
Design and Build

Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Mechanical + Electrical Engineering, Quantity Surveying + Cost Consultancy, Structural + Civil Engineering

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Scope

This project required a multi-disciplinary approach across our in house professional teams.

Originating with the master planning, the project required involvement from our Architecture, Landscaping, Interior Architecture, Quantity Surveying, Structural + Civil Engineering, and Building Services Teams.

In order to first explore the possibility of creating the hub, we developed a robust business case to allow partners and stakeholders to conduct due diligence on the proposed community facility. We engaged and consulted with a large number of stakeholders, consolidating all their ideas and requirements. We also carried out land surveys and architectural design proposals. Each option was fully costed to include the build, capital receipts and any land purchase. We produced all background and supporting information, and gave a 25 year lifecycle cost.

We produced detailed designs for the build, including massing and site analysis drawings, layout plans and plans for the use of the buildings and surrounding spaces. This resulted in a smooth process for gaining approvals throughout planning and building control stages. Our designs were also used to secure funding to progress the project. The facilities included within the design are a high school, leisure centre, job centre, medical centre, police, local authority, library, café, pre-school, children’s centre and office spaces.

Our team of architects took many factors into consideration when designing the community facility. For instance, there were multiple stakeholders and end users involved on this project, which presents a more complex task of ensuring all their needs are met. However, through frequent client engagement sessions, the team were able to develop and understand their briefs, gaining a thorough understanding of how best to suit their needs.

This was essential to ensuring a cohesive layout was maintained throughout the building, connecting the facilities logically and allowing staff and users to navigate easily. The design has also provided optimal space for future advances in service delivery and population needs, as well as ensuring the building worked well within its environment. This involved designing in accordance with scale, mass, flow and architectural rhythm.

Our landscape architects ensured the external design was consistent with the ethos of the hub and internal design, as well as providing a cohesive site which connects to the existing town and public routes. They have provided green corridors and landscape features across the site to replace any landscape and ecology lost to the development, whilst enhancing the existing landscape. In order to manage surface water in a sustainable manner, a site wide Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) was incorporated. They also ensured the site included provision of vehicular access and parking, while promoting sustainable methods of transport through cycle routes, electric car charging points and public transport connections.

Alongside the design of the building, we were appointed under a separate project to undertake a Category B fit-out to the library, café, Council Chamber and office areas. This included specification and installation of the furniture and fixtures as well as selection of final finishes, wayfinding signage and branding. The branding was an additional requirement, created by our graphic designer alongside the interior team, which the client were delighted with.

Mildenhall Hub reflects the Client’s aspiration for a multi-user facility with sustainability and efficient operation at the forefront of the design, focusing on reducing carbon emissions. The design has followed the strategy of ‘Be Lean’, ‘Be Clean’, and ‘Be Green’ principles to significantly reduce carbon emissions when compared to the target emissions rate. A combination of renewable technologies such as PhotoVoltaic (PV) panels, Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP), Combined Heat and Powe (CHP) and battery storage have been integrated into the design. Surplus electricity produced from the CHP and PV panels is fed into the battery storage system and used by the building when required. The purpose-built battery is formed from 24 recycled electric vehicle batteries and is the size of a shipping container. Having a centralised plant room serving all the facilities under one roof allows for the integration of services, resulting in an economical and energy efficient solution.

The Hub’s main construction was well underway when the Covid-19 pandemic began. The library and café had been designed as “The Core” of the building joining into other key facilities such as the academy, police offices, council offices, and NHS treatment and consultation rooms. Our design team met with the client, stakeholders and main contractor to plan and develop new design options for the project in-line with covid guidance. Our proactive approach ensured we could facilitate the late design changes, and maintain best value for the client. We adopted a phased approach in line with the government’s lifting of restrictions, which ensured the facilities with delayed opening dates were postponed in favour of focusing on completing the facilities which were required first.  Our experience and efficient response meant very few changes were required. This meant the client’s expectations could still be met, and the impact to ongoing construction was minimised ensuring adherence to the programme and delivery dates.

Testimonial

“The Mildenhall Hub is the model for how many towns and cities will provide their school, leisure and other public services in the future and I feel it is something that we will look back at in years to come and feel proud of.”

James Waters, Councilor and Leader of Forest Heath District Council

Result

The client and end users are extremely pleased with the finished project, which is an example of what can be achieved by working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders.

 

The completed hub is a national exemplar, and the first of its kind in the UK to have as many community services brought together under one roof to achieve its aim in reducing overheads and creating better cost and environmental efficiencies. The design of this building, both internally and externally, meets the client’s brief and requirements, as well as providing a practical and aesthetically pleasing community hub.

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Project

Lakelands Primary School

Brief

As part of the master plan for a major housing development in the Stanway area a site was provided for a new primary school in response to the expected increase in demand for primary school places in the area.

We worked closely with our client, Barnes Construction who has been commissioned by Essex County Council, to provide a 2-storey, 2 form entry school with suitable facilities to accommodate 420 pupils.

Key Info

Location:
Colchester, Essex

Project Type:
New Build

Contract Type:
Design and Build

Client:
Barnes Construction

End User:
Lakelands Primary School

Contractor:
Barnes Construction

Project Value:
£6 million

Project Start:
November 2019

Project Completion:
November 2019

Project Duration:
1 year

Disciplines:
Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture , Mechanical + Electrical Engineering, Structural + Civil Engineering

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The design included 14 classrooms, a main hall, a kitchen, a studio, and a specialist food technology classroom providing an excellent learning environment for the children.

Additionally we completed external landscape works and a multi-use games area (MUGA), to facilitate outdoor learning and physical activity.

Throughout the project our design teams frequently implemented measures to provide an efficient and user friendly school. For instance, our skilled Structural Engineers opted for a Structurally Insulated Panel System (SIPS) to form the main structure of the school. The benefits of this Modern Method of Construction (MMC) include its time and cost effectiveness. In addition the accuracy in fabrication of the SIPS as well as high levels of insulation allows for improved air tightness and thermal efficiency reducing energy costs for the school.

During the design stages, our architectural team made use of a 3D modelling system to allow for co-ordination and clash detection, to enhance the quality and accuracy of their design. This included importing the information provided by the SIPS manufacturers into the 3D model to assist in developing an accurate design for the interior of the school.

A further notable element of the design, implemented by our Mechanical and Electrical Engineering team, included a hybrid ventilation system in the form of Mechanically Ventilated Heat Recovery Units. This system draws in fresh air from the outside and heats and circulates this around the room. The benefits of such a system are that it provides fresh air, without having to rely on natural ventilation such as opening windows, enhancing the internal comfort for students and staff. As well as this, to ensure the sustainability of the school LED lighting and absence sensors were installed throughout.

Result

The new school was very well received by our client and the end users.

The internal and external design completed by our multi-disciplined design teams has provided a functional and aesthetically pleasing school for the pupils and staff to enjoy. We are extremely pleased with the fantastic school which has been developed by all involved.

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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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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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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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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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Project

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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