The impressive Holborough Lakes Primary School was delivered by Baxall Delivery Team 2 for Kent County Council (KCC) as one of three school developments on behalf of Valley Invicta Schools.
Constructed as part of the Basic Needs Programme for KCC, the two storey design and build 1FE Primary School was built from piled foundations and a steel frame comprising 10 teaching areas, library, teachers’ rooms, servery, sports hall and reception area. Externally, a MUGA sports pitch and playing fields will complement the new school facility.
Located within the part-constructed new housing development at Holborough Lakes in Snodland, Kent, the school was planned to meet the requirements of the new estate population which will encompass 12 phases of house building once complete. With the site located central to the new development, access was through a completed phase of the development with new residents in situ both along the route and surrounding the site itself on three sides.
From an early stage, the site management promoted and encouraged open and regular communication with neighbours, carrying out introductory letterdrops and face to face meetings to introduce the works programme and respond to any questions. A project newsletter was produced and posted monthly thereafter, which gave key information on work in progress, news, safety information and 24 hour contact information. A suggestion box was further placed at the site entrance providing neighbours and the general public with another medium for communication.
The project was designed and constructed in the spirit of BREEAM with a major focus placed upon the use of sustainable materials, methods and measurement encompassing locally sourced contractors, staff and materials where possible (including 8 apprentices across the various trades). The implementation and management of bespoke waste reduction and recycling initiatives achieved 97.2% of waste being diverted from landfill.
Senior Site Manager James Beasley excelled in managing an exceptionally considerate and safe site culminating in a Considerate Constructors Scheme Performance Beyond Compliance Award and Bronze medal at the Construction Safety South East (CSSE) Annual Awards. James’ approach included ‘Safely Home’ site inductions, a collaborative lessons learnt approach to any accidents or near misses through the ‘What You Said, What We Did’ scheme and zero tolerance to contraventions with a ‘red card’ system. James further introduced a ‘Contractor of the Week’ initiative with a league table for the best ideas, attitude and safety performance from all sub-contractors, awarding trophies for best practice.
Despite a challenging programme, a collaborative value-engineered approach by the team enabled handover of the school to meet budget and exceed time expectations with a 4 week programme reduction; handing over on a Friday to a delighted client, the children were welcomed into their new school the following Monday morning.