Secured under the Kent Construction Framework on behalf of Leigh Academies Trust, the project at Langley Park Primary Academy encompassed a two storey extension taking the school from 1FE to 2FE capacity. The new building provides 8 classrooms, a nursery, staff room and Headteachers office in addition to an external play area and teaching space.
The site was situated to the rear of a new housing development with shared access to the school and surrounding live construction plots. Early stage and ongoing daily engagement with the housing developer ensured that access for the construction team and the receipt of deliveries were co-ordinated so as not to affect each party’s works programme. In parallel, access and timings were agreed with the school away from busy morning and afternoon periods when the children were being dropped off and collected.
Mirroring similar recent projects, the extension was designed using BIM and delivered using a STREIF off-site manufactured timber solution, generating programme and cost savings for the client. This enabled the school to take occupation earlier than originally anticipated, ahead of the summer school term. The efficiency of the STREIF system meant erection was complete within 7 weeks (despite heavy snow conditions) enabling the programme to progress with earlier completion and handover achieved.
As part of Baxall’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, a number of community initiatives were driven including provision of the site meeting room for use by school staff and the hosting of educational tours for graduates from architect practice, Bond Bryan. Site Manager Matthew Fothergill promoted an inclusive approach by way of volunteering safety assemblies, site tours and Q&A sessions with the children in addition to entry into the national Considerate Constructors Scheme Ivor Goodsite Hoarding competition for which the school were Runners Up.
Waste spoil from the excavation works was retained on site and used by the team to create an ecology area including mounds, wild flowers and a legacy pond for the children.
The project was successfully delivered 1 week ahead of programme to budget, with zero defects and to a delighted school, achieving a Bronze Award under the Considerate Constructors Scheme.