During preconstruction the customer changed the scope of the project from an extension to the existing school to a new build four-storey, 4FE SEN Primary School to be built alongside the existing school. The works include demolition the existing school buildings after the new one is built to allow for more outdoor playing areas and an ecology garden. The new building has been designed to have a steel frame, precast planks and stairs and will be cladded with GBrick. This building has been a unique challenge for Willmott Dixon as the project started with 6 months’ worth of enabling works, which involved removing 8000 m3 of soil and chalk on over 1000 lorry loads to get down to our foundation level. To keep the site safe we removed the vast amount of chalk from site. A soil nailing system has been put in place to hold back the now 5m high sheer face. The school is located on a challenging tight site and the school is a live learning environment through out construction.
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