Summary = A school refurbishment and new build classroom extension at The King John School and Sixth Form

Value = £1,448,000

Location = Benfleet, Essex

Challenge = The new extension was an infill within an existing courtyard where there was previously a swimming pool, so the challenge was digging the foundations and laying the concrete in the limited space available.

Solution = The 42 week refurbishment and new build extension project consisted of two phases with individual projection completion and sign off dates for handover. Both phases were completed to deadline and within contract sum.

Phase one was handed over at the end of August 2021, ready for the new academic year. Works consisted of the refurbishment of the dining hall, lobby, corridors, foyer rooms and two maths classrooms. Inlay grid system suspended ceilings were installed to replace the existing ceilings. The partition walls installed included a 92mm c-section metal stud partition with 100mm insulation inside, 18mm ply and two layers of 12.5mm sound block plasterboard, finished with a plaster skim and decoration. New dado trunking, doors and skirting were installed together with new electrics and data throughout. New carpet tiles were laid within the two maths classrooms and vinyl flooring was installed to the dining hall, foyer and corridors.

Phase two was handed over in time for the second half of the Autumn Term (1st November 2021). Works consisted of the newly constructed infill extension constructed out of metal stud partition (including external walls). It consisted of two drama studios and two additional classrooms. Phase two also involved the full redecoration of three meeting rooms. The two new classrooms and three meeting rooms had carpet tiles laid to match the existing and new vinyl flooring was laid within the two drama studios. Inlay grid system ceilings were installed to the new extension and meeting rooms and plasterboard MF suspended ceilings were installed within the two drama studios.

A full design and build M&E package worth £400,000 included mechanical heat recovery units throughout, air conditioning units installed in the dining hall, new electrics, data and socket points, fire alarm and security alarm upgrade.

To prevent the risk of spreading Covid-19, Bakers implemented a risk assessment to ensure social distancing and other measures were implemented . Throughout the project, monthly progress review meetings have been taking place remotely with Bakers' Contract Manager and Site Manager, Architect, Zenith Multi Academy Trust and the school.

The final cost of the project was within the contract sum.