Baxall Construction have successfully designed and delivered Phase 1 of the new build primary school, handing over a modern and sustainable 9-classroom building housing a hall, kitchen and servery in addition to an outdoor MUGA, games courts and amphitheatres.
The project was a particularly challenging fast-track scheme with completion essential for early September and the new school term. This allowed only 40 weeks against an estimated 52 week period for a traditional build. Following a value engineering workshop, Baxall offered a ‘modern methods of construction’ solution which encompassed an off-site manufactured approach. This tried and tested sustainable system would generate significant programme savings (12 weeks against a traditional build approach) to meet deadlines and guaranteed a high quality facility with reduced impact of the construction process on the local environment and Broadstairs community. The very nature of this off-site solution within a stringent factory-controlled environment means that production was rigidly controlled.
From the outset, the programme proved to be the key challenge as no margin existed for delays. On a weekly basis, the Site Manager effectively carried out progress reviews and adapted the works programme accordingly, ensuring that any potential issues of delays were counteracted. This approach ran in parallel to adoption of the ‘Last Planner’ system where all trade Supervisors were engaged on a weekly basis to review progress against programme.
Despite these efforts, delays were incurred following impact of the storm Hurricane Katie which damaged the building scaffold. Essential repairs were carried out in order to allow works to progress safely; lost time was made up through re-programming and working out of hours where possible.
The project was designed and delivered using BIM (Building Information Modelling). BIM is a modern day collaborative approach to construction project delivery where the complete team (Baxall, KCC and consultants) have worked together to develop and deliver a full design and works programme in conjunction with input from the school. The use of 3D technology has enabled this process to be significantly more efficient in comparison to a traditional 2D approach.
On site, Site Manager Ian Spink and the team enjoyed engaging with the staff, pupils and parents by hosting informative site tours and providing regular newsletters and Twitter updates on progress. As part of their study programme, two separate classes attended site very Tuesday and Thursday to see progress of project and learn about the works being carried out. Excellent relations were further maintained with the neighbouring local businesses and residents ensuring that access was maintained at all times and disruption minimised.
Now complete, the new school development is the first ‘all through school’ in Thanet, providing educational resource for pupils aged 4 to 19.
Kent County Council
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