Heathfield Academy


Project Details

London Borough of Croydon

Project Manager
Mott McDonald


Willmott Dixon


Contract Period
48 weeks

Procurement Type
D&B 2 stage open book

Form of Contract
NEC 3 Option A

1732 metre squared

Apprentices Employed

  • Assembly held for the children from Water Aid and each child was given a filtered drinking water bottle.
  • All the future pupils visited the site during construction. They also witnessed the dismantling of the crane. A good opportunity to introduce construction to the children.
  • The Willmott Dixon site team gave their brand new fridge and sofa to the teachers for their new staffroom. The same sofa where all the decision making took place for the new school build. A token that this may long continue.
  • Willmott Dixon have been offering additional training through Fushion. They have been providing facilities training to the Academy.
  • Site staff have remained present on site during end user training to extend support to embed the the new users into the building
  • Fushion are going to continue support by regulary visiting the Academy for retraining on the facilities.

“Thank you so much to your team for doing such an amazing job. The word “no” has been in no one’s vocabulary this week and we really appreciate your support! Neil and his team have been absolutely incredible. We have been very fortunate to have them “watching our backs” and seeing to all our requests no matter how big or small! They will most certainly be missed once they move out. It will be bitter sweet.”

Lana-Lea O’Keefe, Joint Headteacher, Heathfield Academy

The Good

  • A proactive positive team
  • Improvement of construction sequence
  • Team motivation led by Senior Bid Manager
  • Regular team events including bar-b-ques
  • Extended opening areas for construction with dual working
  • Achieved sectional completion for the ground floor and externals defect free.
  • The building was completed in 48 weeks from start to finish
  • The team were able to handover the project a full five weeks early.

The Challenges

  • Site restricted tower crane was used which protected five week programme
  • The site was low risk as far as environmental issues are concerned
Gateway 2 PlanningGateway 2
Cost£10.6m£10.2mSaving 467k
Time48 weeks48 weeksNil

Apprentices 2
Average AIR 95% / 0 AFR ( zero harm)
Average CCS score 42 (out of 50)
End user KPI’s 10/10
Efficiency Savings 20.8%


Framework Manager,
Guy Dawes

Assistant Framework Coordinator,
Erika Buckenham