Smitham Primary School

London Borough of Croydon

Project Details

London Borough of Croydon

Mott MacDonald

HNW Architects

Willmott Dixon Construction

£6.7 million

46 weeks

Two stage design and build

NEC 3 Option A


Level 2

Project Brief

To introduce an additional Reception class, from then the school will grow incrementally every year reaching its full capacity in 2023. The vision of the School expansion is to be a learning community which enables the children to become independent, enquiring, resilient, well rounded individuals, with a thirst for learning and a desire and aptitude to reach their full potential.

The build included:

  • Developed main entrance to the School with double gates
  • Developed sports facilities which includes two halls, outdoor track for daily mile
  • Music studio
  • An Expressive Arts area with staging
  • An art studio
  • Designated D&T area with cooking facilities
  • Library and IT
  • A link between the two buildings
  • Family tree planting project

Social Value Offering by the frameworks to the School
  • Invited children from the existing school on tours of the building.
  • Had a number of students from local schools and apprentices from Croydon Council for work experience.
  • Entered school into Eco Big Challenge where the school came joint runner up, out of 60 other submissions and were invited to presentation evening. In the build up to submission, workshops were carried out between Willmott Dixon and pupils  to create and decorate both bird houses and bug hotels to be placed with the school grounds.
  • As a gift to the existing school, line markings were installed to improve the existing playground for the children.
  • Pupils were given the freedom to choose as a collective the colour of work surfaces, skirting’s, walls and carpets to be installed in the new extension.
  • Provided a Time Capsule for children to commemorate the new build.
  • Provided materials and aided in improving the existing outdoor staff area.
  • Honour Goodsite Assembly carried out to teach the importance of health and safety on site and explain the build of their new school.
  • Willmott Dixon held weekly lunch time learning with pupils where the pupils were given the opportunity to ask any questions and helped with school work where possible.
ContractGateway 2 Planning Gateway 3 Contract Agreement Variation
Time46 weeks 46 weeksNIL

Guy Dawes, Framework Manager

Erika Buckenham,
Framework Coordinator

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Apprentices: 4
Average AIR Zero harm/ No RIDDOR’s
Average CCS Score 43 out of 50
Waste diverted from landfill 99%
Overall performance 9/10