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St Cuthbert’s RC Primary School, Crook

St-CuthbertsA new primary school to accommodate 230 pupils with associated multi use games area (MUGA), car parking and external works.

This contract was won under competitive tender. The project involved the construction of a new primary school consisting of six classrooms, Nursery and Reception classrooms, library/resource room, staffroom, kitchen, double height hall/dining room, offices, staff and student toilets, store rooms, plant room and reception area. In addition the external works included car parking, landscaping, an all weather sports/activity area and an adventure trail.

The Objective

The new building was a replacement for the existing school, which remained fully operational throughout the construction period, and was constructed on a site within its boundary. The site was also steeply sloping, requiring a major cut and fill exercise. These issues together required us to develop a thorough safeguarding strategy that segregated the works and our site personnel from the existing school, provided safe, protected access and egress for staff, students and visitors while accommodating major traffic movements for spoil removal and material deliveries.

new-contractor512-st-cuths-03Our site management team quickly established an excellent working relationship with the school and in particular our Site Manager, Barry Nicholson worked very closely with the teaching staff to help the school maximise the learning opportunities from the construction process. This relationship developed to such a degree that Barry was invited back to the school on a number of occasions after the works were complete and at the official opening ceremony the Head Teacher, Mrs Barbara Simpson paid a handsome tribute to Barry by saying that he had helped the school cope with the transition from one building to the other with such commitment that he had become a member of the school ‘family’.

The Solution

The new school was partly funded by the parents and local community and they played a very active part throughout the 50 week construction process, it was therefore especially gratifying to see their delight with the building as it was handed over in time for the start of the new school year – and within the contract sum of £2.7 million.

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