Monks Orchard Primary School


Project Details

London Borough of Croydon

Project Manager


£3.6 million

Contract Period
31 weeks

Procurement Type
2 Stage Open Book Design and Build

Benefit Efficiency savings
8% – £285,000

CCS Score
40 / 50

Delivered under the London Borough of Croydon Primary School and SEN Expansion Programme, this project provides a 1 Form Entry expansion at the primary school being equivalent to 210 new school places.

The old modular units were demolished and replaced with a new brick and timber-clad two storey “Rainbow Building” incorporating nine classrooms complete with colour co-ordinated furniture. The development sits within newly landscaped grounds and provides more flexible internal teaching spaces for younger children and includes specialist outdoor learning spaces. The original Infant School was extensively refurbished and repaired creating contemporary teaching spaces.

Key Challenges

  • Delivery of a complex internal refurbishment, highly phased to enable the School to remain operational.
  • Minimising disruption of the school
  • Deadline – Start of term (New Academic Year)
  • Aligning and managing Client and User expectations within time frame.

How these were delivered

  • The internal refurbishment works have taken place over the Summer holidays in order to minimise disruption and to allow the new facilities to be ready for the start of term in September.
  • Excellent collaboration, regular communication and liaising with key Stakeholders

“The governors, staff, parents and children are thrilled to have this colourful, spacious learning environment. We would like to thanks everyone involved in getting the building up and running according to the tight timescale.”

Margaret Misson

Lessons Learnt

The Good

  • Completed on time
  • Excellent communication and collaboration between all parties
  • This type of construction responds to the Government’s challenge to use more off-site manufacture and standardised designs to delivery greater efficiencies in procurement and in use.
ContractGateway 2 FormationGateway 2 Final AccountVariation
TimePhase 1 – 63 weeks
Phase 2 – 21 weeks
Phase 1 – 63 weeks
Phase 2 – 21 weeks

KPI Graphs

Collaboration and Overall Performance 10/10
Apprentices 29 weeks /£1m
Average AIR 0 Accidents
Average CCS score 40/50
(Performance Beyond compliance)
Construction Waste diverted from landfill 95%
Demolition Waste diverted from landfill 97%
Excavation Waste diverted from landfill 100%
Cost per Sqm (incl. heavy refurbishment area) £2,415/m2


Guy Dawes

“Firstly, the School and my Client absolutely love the building, the design and quality of it. Secondly I would like to complement the team. Chris has been extremely good at communicating with me and the school throughout the project and working in a live school environment, also going the extra mile when needed. Without this team then I don’t think the project would have been as successful as it has been and it has certainly made my job on this project easier.”

Ellie Ashman,
Project Manager,
LB of Croydon