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Durham Community Business College

DCBC front viewDesign and Build remodelling of existing school premises to form a new ‘Studio School’

This Design & Build contract, won under competitive tender, involved extensive remodelling and reconfiguration of the existing teaching accommodation, the formation of new external seating area, reconfiguration of the main school entrance area and the formation of additional car parking spaces. All works had to be complete for the start of the new academic year as the school was recruiting students for the new ‘Studio School’.

The Objective

The works generally comprised of structural alterations, roof repairs, renewal of PVC windows and aluminum curtain walling, new automated entrance doors, new metal stud partitions, internal doors, WC cubicles and internal joinery, a new reception counter, mechanical, electrical, floor finishes, suspended ceilings and decoration. Externally there were new ramps and steps together with block and tarmacadam paving. There was also a solar shade to the rear seating area.

DCBC rearC710-Durham-03At tender stage the scheme was only partially developed and we were required to complete the design. We appointed an architect (HLP Architects) and an M & E designer (Sine) to complete the design work, prepare construction drawings, make Building Control submissions and complete ‘As Built’ drawings.

Working closely with the school, Inspired Spaces and the LEP was a vital part of this project in order to design and deliver a stimulating teaching environment for 16 to 18 year old students.

The 16 week construction period was challenging as we were working over a large physical area in a live school environment whilst maintaining full segregation between our construction personnel and the school with protected access routes being maintained throughout the construction period. This complex project was delivered on time by a senior Site Manager who was supported by an ‘Assistant Site Manager’ in the latter stages of the contract.

The Solution

The school was delighted with the finished project as was our client (Inspired Spaces Durham) and the LEP not only because of the standard of workmanship but also because the project was delivered within the 16 week programme and at a contract sum of £502,000.

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