Middle Row Primary School

Kensington

Project Details

Client
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

Project Manager
ECHarris

Contractor
BAM

Architect:
Penoyre & Prasad

Value
£9.68m

Contract Period
Phase 1 – 63 weeks
Phase 2 – 21 weeks

Contract Type
Design and Build

Efficiency Savings
£955,000

Middle Row Primary School is an existing school, on an urban site in West London, and currently accommodates a primary school with limited play areas.

BAM is building a new primary school, which will cater for 420 pupils, a special needs facility for 16 pupils and 30 nursery places.

The new building is being constructed on the footprint of the previously demolished junior and nursery school.

The project faces many challenges with the existing school situated just three metres away from the building works, working in a live environment is just one of the challenges the project team has to tackle. Logistics is another area that calls for BAM’s expertise, with the site located in a densely populated residential area.

Key Challenges

  • Planning Risks
  • Achieving a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating
  • Acoustic constraints
  • Budgetary constraints

How these were delivered

  • The initial cost plan forecasted a near £1m budget deficit. BAM led structured value engineering workshops, collaborating closely with the Client and the design team to ensure the original design was not compromised and the budget has been achieved.

“This is well deserved recognition for BAM, the project and the site. Everyone I have spoken with who has visited the site (not least of all the Client) has commented on how tidy, well run and maintained it is overall.”

Christian Beal
Project Manager
E C Harris

Lessons Learnt

The Good

  • Effectively by running a detailed pre-construction stage, the project has been significantly derisked in order to fulfil the clients expectations.
  • The project achieve Health and Safety excellence – there have been no reportable accidents
  • The site has assisted the teaching staff in familiarising themselves with their new school by arranging site visits throughout the construction phase.
  • The team earned extra Breeam points by donating excess wood packaging to the College of North West London (CNWL) construction department.

Save / Benefits:

  • Considerate Constructors Scheme – significantly higher than the industry average. – Average 42.50 / 50 UK industry average is 35; Middle Row scores are in top 5% of all registered UK projects.
  • The use of BIM and 3D modeling throughout the design and construction phases has eliminated any potential co-ordination and spatial-fit issues.
ContractGateway 2 FormationGateway 2 Final AccountVariation
Cost£9.68m£9.68m0
TimePhase 1 – 63 weeks
Phase 2 – 21 weeks
Phase 1 – 63 weeks
Phase 2 – 21 weeks
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Contacts:

BAM
Darren Birch
dbirch@bam.co.uk