Kings Hill Primary School

Kings Hill, Kent

Project Details

Client

Client
Kent County Council

Project Manager
Donald Farquharson

Architect
Burns Guthrie & PartnersContractor

Contractor
Galliford Try

Value
£6.1 million

Contract Period
49 weeks

Procurement Type
2Stage

Form of Contract
Develop and Build

Apprentices Employed
6 no. (2no with GT & Trac and 4 no. with supply chain – Roe, Halsion, PJE)

Construction of a new 1FE primary school for Kent County Council (KCC). External works comprised of a new car park, hard landscaping around building including MUGA pitch (MUGA is a sports surface which can be used for multiple different activities) and soft landscaping for sports pitches and temporary covering where future phases are planned. Installation (and removal) of temporary accommodation for school to occupy September 2015.

Key Challenges

  • Inclusion of fully functioning kitchen.
  • Projecting steels to roof and 1st floor levels – missed on the design stage.
  • Clash with steel frame and render finish/build up.
  • Change to ceiling finishes (hall).
  • External canopy – derogated to achieve budget requirements but client didn’t understand the necessity for both areas.
  • Roofing works.
  • Acoustic and air testing.
  • Clashes with pop ups and steel columns – Early issues encountered with locations of soil vent pipe and base plates.

How these were delivered

  • Late change accommodated by site along with the management of the client’s contractor
  • Worked through with the various contractors.
  • We held early workshops with the façade contractor to manage this and alter the design at an early stage.
  • Change from clients requirements and signed off design.
  • Worked with consultants and client to agree on finishes within budget.
  • Design developed with contractor and architect to ensure best possible solution. Supply chain partner assisted when queried regarding the specified finishes.
  • Worked through design with early engagement with Stroma (accredited certification). Site visit beneficial and assisted with project achieving required levels at first attempt.

“I just wanted to pass on my thanks for all your help and care with our building. I feel very lucky to have worked with Dave and his team at Galliford Try – their kindness and consideration at every level has been fantastic and we are now privileged to have a just amazing building and space for the children! It is like winning the lottery!”

Maurice Swain
City of London Corporation

The Good

  • Excellent relationship with KCC but also the end user.
  • Aligned supply chain members performance.
  • Early engagement with supply chain for design input with consultants.
  • Proactive team approach all pulling in the same direction.
  • Regular engagement with the school for assemblies.
  • Newsletters to residents and local parish council.

The Challenges

  • Additional sports pitch drainage.
  • Provision for fully functioning kitchen.
  • Temporary accommodation.
  • Additional works for multiple mechanical and engineering related items.
  • Changes to fencing requirements and secure lines close to handover

Community Engagement

  • Site team engaged with the school for a number of events. These included assemblies, numerous site visits for the school staff, site visits for the school children, and issuing virtual reality headsets for the periods when access on to site would be too hazardous.
  • A sand pit was constructed from surplus materials and issued to the school as was furniture and pin boards following hand over of the building.
  • Site Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was issued for the schools use and “goody” bags were handed out at handover.
  • Regular newsletters were issued to the surrounding properties (commercial buildings).
  • Local labour included technical apprentice. • Labour was locally recruited.
ContractCTB Gateway 4
Cost£6,173,736
Time296

Average CCS score 39

Contacts:

Chris Nickolls
Email:
Chris.nickolls@gallifordtry.co.uk