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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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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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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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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Hollingwood Hub

Brief

The existing lock house, at the time of the brief, had been vacant since 1967 and fallen into disrepair.

As part of the regeneration of the Chesterfield Canal, the Canal Trust raised funding to create a visitor centre, café, offices and a small exhibition space. The existing lock house, gifted to the Trust as part of the curtilage of the canal, had been vacant since 1967 and fallen into disrepair. As the building is of historical importance, the Trust sought to retain the building.

Key Info

Type:
Refurbishment, Remodelling, Extension

Value:
£500k

Location:
Hollingwood, Chesterfield

Contractor:
Balfour Beatty

Client:
Chesterfield Canal Trust

End User:
Chesterfield Canal Trust, public

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

Scope

Having completed the initial feasibility, our team were awarded the contract for the design and build project.

The existing lock house was stripped back to a bare shell, cast iron cavity wall ties were replaced throughout, roof timbers and flooring were replaced, and a new extension was provided to house a café and exhibition space. Offices for the Canal Trust are now within the lock house.

The site presented challenges as it had a height restriction (below a pylon), was contaminated and there were drainage issues which resulted in unforeseen costs. Our value engineering works reduced these costs significantly and ensured the works met the tight budget. We also made sure the costs to run the building would be kept to a minimum by using natural ventilation, installing energy-efficient boilers and designing the roof to enable solar panels to be fitted in the future (when funding was available).

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Result

Local history groups enjoy using the building and there are regular visitors to this community hub.

Chesterfield Canal Trust were very pleased with the end result which was delivered within their time frame. This new facility has allowed them to raise additional funds as well as raising awareness.

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The Stevenson

Centre

Brief

The client wanted us to create a vibrant community hub that the local residents could be proud of.

The Stevenson Centre was in desperate need of refurbishment to bring it up to modern standards. The principal aims of building this fit for purpose amenity were to strengthen community cohesion, encourage the development of community services and support the health and wellbeing of the local community.

Along with our support, the Parish Council submitted a planning application and received planning permission to extend and improve the centre. However, there was insufficient funding to proceed with the scheme. In 2017 we were asked to pick up the project again to investigate funding sources, progress the design and proceed to tender to enable firm costings to be established.

Key Info

Type:
Extension, Feasibility, Remodelling

Value:
£430k

Location:
Great Cornard, Suffolk

Client:
Great Cornard Parish Council

End User:
Great Cornard Parish Council, the public

Contractor:
SEH French

Duration:
28 weeks

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

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Scope

Close collaboration with the Parish Council Steering Group enabled the centre to remain open throughout the duration of the construction works.

Our team were asked to project manage the delivery of this project. This included the management of the consultancy team and all stages of the project (from inception to completion). We carried out significant research, including user surveys and investigation into funding streams, with the Centre Manager. We also assisted with the funding bids and successfully secured grant funding which resulted in the client being able to expand the extent of the works. Funding for the project was provided by the earmarked funds put aside by the Parish Council, a Public Works Loan Board loan and grant contributions from the Great Cornard Town Land Charity, The National Lottery – Big Lottery Fund, Babergh District Council Grant Aid – Community Projects and Lord Belstead Trust. These generous grants allowed this key community hub to become a great facility for the growing Great Cornard population.

Throughout the project, we worked with the Parish Council Steering Group to tailor the design to their needs and to meet the budget available. The completed design package was sent to tender via the Suffolk Construction Framework and five tenders were received. Having evaluated the tenders, we provided a Tender Analysis Report. This report identified potential value engineering to the works to match the funding available. Working with the steering group, a list of priorities was identified which allowed works to be added back into the contract if further funding became available. The contract was awarded to SEH French and work commenced in April 2018.

The client was given accurate monthly progress and cost updates during the works which allowed them to make informed decisions and be fully involved in every step of the project. Essential to the success of the project was the close working relationship with the Centre Manager, the Project Manager and the Construction Manager on site.

Testimonial

“This project has been an excellent example of teamwork and collaborative working. It has been very well managed by the client, the contractor and the consultant.”

Tony Bavington, Chair of Policy and Resources Committee, Great Cornard Parish Council

Result

The project was delivered on time and to the budget.

The extension and refurbishment of The Stevenson Centre has created a fit for purpose community amenity which serves a population of over 10,000. The extension to the main building houses a large community room, kitchenette, two further meeting rooms, additional storage space and toilet facilities.

A wide variety of classes and community group sessions are held at the centre on a regular basis. These include stroke support, weight management, arts and crafts and table tennis. In the first six months after completion of works, there has been a substantial increase in the number and variety of organisations using the centre. This was the fundamental aim of the Parish Council at the start of the project.

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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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Claydon Primary School

Brief

Our design needed to facilitate the expansion of the oversubscribed school from a 210-place to a 420-place primary school.

The project brief was to design and build a two-storey standalone block that would facilitate the expansion of the oversubscribed school from a 210-place to a 420-place primary school.

We were initially appointed to carry out a feasibility study for the school’s potential expansion, which allowed us the opportunity to assess the school’s existing accommodation against BB103 guidelines. This study identified a significant shortfall in admin and office accommodation, whilst there was an over-provision of soft informal external spaces. The analysis provided justification in converting some of the existing undersized teaching spaces into office accommodation and providing teaching spaces within the new build accommodation, to meet the current spatial requirements.

Key Info

Type:
New Build, Expansion, Internal Alteration

Value:
£2.2 million

Location:
Claydon, Suffolk

Completion:
August 2019

Client:
Suffolk County Council – Children and
Young People Services

Contractor:
SEH French

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

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In addition to the new building, there were further works required to carry out internal alterations to the existing primary school building and to upgrade the car park within the nearby community centre.

Due to the constraints of the site (primarily significant level differences) the location for the new building was within the site boundary of the neighbouring secondary school. The new building’s site was immediately adjacent to the primary school playground and accessed through the limited onsite car park of the primary school. This required working with our Estates team to alter the site boundaries for both schools and updating the land registry information. In addition to the new building, there were further works required to carry out internal alterations to the existing primary school building and to upgrade the car park within the nearby community centre. The works to the community centre were identified following a pre-planning public consultation that we undertook to gain the views of the local residents and the District Council.

Our work was separated into three sections: the first included works to be undertaken prior to starting on site, the second involved the new build (the site was boarded off and kept secure during this period) and finally, the alteration works were completed during the school holidays. The programming of these works was developed alongside the school so that any impact on teaching spaces and key dates was minimised. Whilst we undertake a significant proportion of work for Suffolk County Council, we always advocate close liaison with the end user of the site, especially on school sites.

Our programme also allowed two weeks for the end user to fit out and prepare for the new school year and it was, therefore, necessary for us to monitor and manage the programme closely throughout the duration of the works. Due to the additional works to the community centre, which assisted in addressing the majority of the originally proposed planning objections, we identified a need to increase the overall programme length. Our early procurement of the contractor and instructing early mobilisation to the main school build meant we mitigated the 8-week delay.

Through continuous review and proactive engagement with the contractor, we were able to complete the project two weeks early. Weekly liaison meetings were held with the school to ensure their requirements were met and to provide regular updates. Sustainability was the starting point for our Architectural Designer’s design and the design team worked closely to adopt an innovative approach of a screening element to disguise ventilation units, allowing the design to be functional, visually appealing and environmentally friendly.

Result

We created an extension that provided an exceptional learning environment.

Working in a multi-disciplinary capacity, we created an extension that provided an exceptional learning environment, whilst also delivering a building that architecturally sets itself apart from other buildings.

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