Summary = New build extension to a primary school consisting of a new staff room and medical room. Alterations were also made to the existing photocopy room and provision of a new WC.

Value = £250,000

Location = Braintree, Essex

Challenge = Works had to take place without disrupting the school and its pupils.

Solution = Delivery times were restricted so that deliveries did not take place during school pick up or drop off times. Works stopped whilst the pupils sat their SAT exams.

As principal contractor, Bakers of Danbury constructed an 85 m2 new build extension to St Michael’s C of E Primary School in Braintree consisting of a pad and beam foundation, block and beam floor, steel portal frame, cavity brickwork (to match the existing school) and standing seam roof to provide a new classroom, staff room and medical room. The contract included contractor design of the beam and block floor, steel portal frame and service installations.Comprehensive M&E works were carried out to new extension.

Before the school opened again in September landscaping and drainage works took place, as well as the provision of a new footpath and railings.

The project was overseen by Bakers’ Contracts Manager. Bakers’ Quantity Surveyor dealt with the procurement for the project. Bakers’ Site Manager site managed this project and a Finishing Forman was placed onsite for the last four weeks of the project. All operatives, Site Manager, Contract Manager and sub-contractors were Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checked; which is part of Bakers’ standard procedures when working on schools, residential properties and public places.

Works took place on a live school, without disrupting the students. Delivery times were restricted so that deliveries did not take place during school pick up or drop off times. Works also stopped whilst the students sat their SATS exams. Monthly progress meetings were held in addition to weekly meetings with the Headteacher, school Facilities Manager, Contract Manager and Site Manager onsite to ensure effective communication between the Client and the Principal Contractor. At meetings discussions took place regarding progress of the works and client input into various elements of the scheme as well as agreeing access and site restrictions for Bakers to plan works around. The Contract Manager recorded all meeting minutes, which were circulated to all parties together with actions on the same day. The contractor designed elements of the scheme were carefully timetabled to ensure the Clients requirements were met as efficiently and effectively as possible, whilst providing ample time for specialist contractors, design team and the Client to provide feedback in finalising the various design elements.