Procured under the Sussex Cluster Framework, Baxall simultaneously delivered three extension projects to All Saints, Dudley and Chantry Schools. Baxall’s winning bid offered each school value engineered solutions to their individual requirements by way of off-site fabrication using the company’s partner STREIF system, generating both cost and time savings and delivering more sustainable and energy-efficient school buildings.
As a means to introduce the STREIF system and demonstrate its benefits, the Headteachers, Business Managers and Governors of each school were all invited to attend a bespoke workshop hosted at the STREIF-constructed Frant School. In addition to witnessing the end-product, all parties were able to openly engage and discuss the process and raise questions or concerns.
The STREIF system at each school was delivered to time and both erected and water tight within one week. This was followed by the mechanical and electrical, roofing and internal fit-out works, all of which ran smoothly on each site and with minimal impact to the schools’ operations.
The key challenges which faced each team were primarily logistical with access being restricted on all sites and parking limited. At All Saints, a temporary delivery compound was arranged with the local church who owned the adjacent ground, thus enabling the safe arrival and unload of deliveries up to 17m long. In a similar vein, negotiations with the neighbouring convent school at Dudley saw the relocation of site accommodation onto their land, thus enabling the school playground to remain in use for the children. At Chantry School, a robust traffic control system was maintained to ensure that the narrow single lane access was never congested and that access was achievable at all times for school staff, neighbours, parents and the emergency services.
Client and stakeholder liaison was paramount from the outset as a means to ensure the safe delivery or each project with minimal disruption to all affected parties. To this end, initial letterdrops and personal visits were carried out to all neighbouring residents and businesses and newsletters issued to school staff and parents throughout. The scheduling of deliveries and disruptive activities such as the crane works were arranged in consultation with the schools and neighbours and effectively timed to minimally impact on the surrounding environment.
The Baxall Site Managers proactively engaged with the schools and children spearheading colouring and poster competitions and displaying the artworks on site hoardings. Voluntary initiatives included the provision of cycle safety pamphlets and support to Dudley’s 6-a-side football tournament of which Baxall were lead sponsors providing the kit, medals and ‘Baxall Cup’ to the winning team.