Quayside Education Centre

Gosport, Hampshire

Project Details

Hampshire County Council

Project Manager
Hampshire County Council

Hampshire County Council


£3.5 million

Contract Period
55 weeks

Procurement Type
2 Stage Tender

Form of Contract
JCT with CDP

1055 square meters

Apprentices Employed
152 training and apprenticeship weeks

Quayside, now known as the Key Education Centre, is a new purpose-built facility designed to cater for 48 children aged 11-16, who are considered either too emotionally vulnerable to attend mainstream education or who have been excluded from school.

Procured through framework, the new build centre is a single storey building arranged around a central courtyard. Facing brickwork and curtain walling clad the external skin under a zinc flat roof.

There is also improved vehicle access, expanded the car park and built a new pedestrian entrance to the existing primary school, as well as undertaking internal refurbishment works on the school building in order to modernise the current toilet facilities and relocate the existing nursery.

Key Challenges

  • Planning sensitive (over 600 objections)
  • Delicate and considered stakeholder management planning and engagement
  • Detailing certain design interfaces
  • Involved from RIBA Stage D

How these were delivered

  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan launched
  • A long period of consultation/dialogue was undertaken (through focal point of contact ensuring communication is clear and concise with continuous dialogue)
  • Employed a design co-ordinator to help facilitate detailing/interface
  • Early specialist contribution/dialogue with Osborne supply chain

Lessons Learnt

The Good

  • The 600 objections from residents were overcome by:
    • Talks with local MP’s to give reassurance.
    • Collaborative working with the community.
    • Listening and understanding to all needs, which enabled permission and consent to be given.

The Bad

  • Additional groundworks was incurred as a result of poor ground conditions. This was also exacerbated by which may have been mitigated by more site investigations during pre-construction. Poor Winter conditions putting pressure on achieving watertightness during construction.

Save / Benefits & How:

  • Early contractor engagement enabled specialist design contribution, providing efficient use of designer’s time from door sets, roofing, lighting, flooring and windows.
  • Stakeholder Engagement Plan proved effective.
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*(a large % of these variations relate to poor ground conditions experienced, i.e. hitting rock, ground water drainage and additional management needed on site to complete the project)

KPI Graphs
Apprentices 5 no.
Average AIR 0
Average CCS score 41/50 (excellent)
Cost per sqm £1732


Guy Dawes, Framework Manager

David Dawkins, Contract Manager