Withycombe Raleigh CofE Primary School

Exmouth, Devon

Project Details

Devon County Council

Project Manager

NPS Group

Morgan Sindall


Contract Period
32 weeks

Procurement Type
Two Stage Build with CDP

Form of Contract
JCT 2011 IFC


Project summary

New build 4 classroom block extension on a live primary school site. The works included the construction of a new teaching facility on the existing grounds of the school.

Key Challenges

  • Controlling the Programme
  • Controlling costs
  • Design of the school was impractical

How these were delivered

  • From receiving the design tender information to agreeing the contract sum, the turnaround was less than four weeks. The site team were mobilised within two weeks and the demolition of the existing temporary classrooms was completed in the school holidays to reduce health and safety risks and gain a head start on the programme. The new building was handedover in two phases to suit the school to enable time for the teaching areas to be fitted out.
  • A number of cost saving options were provided throughout the project to keep under budget, particularly following a large design change for the foundations which required much of the project contingency. One of the big savings achieved was by omitting the proposed water main into the building and instead using the existing connection into the demolished temporary classrooms and introducing a booster to achieve the required pressure.
  • The design of the school was impractical, which led to a delay in the programme. Morgan Sindall provided alterations in the pre-constuction phase which were then used to improve the programme. One of the alternatives that we proposed was a concrete slab foundation, which was the most efficient design to minimise delay on site and provide a more economic solution.

KPI Graphs
Apprentices 1
Average AIR 0
Average CCS score 37 (out of 50)
Waste diverted
from landfill >99%

Employment Skills Plan

A full Employment Skills Plan (ESP) was completed on the project, including:

  • 5 x work placements (16+ years old)
  • 3 x work placements (14-16 years old)
  • 6 x curriculum support activities
  • 2 x graduates
  • 1 x existing apprentices
  • 2 x jobs advertised through local employment
  • 2 x jobs advertised through sub-contractors
  • 2 x NVQs completed
  • 3 x training plans
  • 1 x supervisor training
  • 3 x leadership and management training
  • 4 x advanced health and safety training

It has been a pleasure to work with Morgan Sindall. They have shown both professionalism and first class support during our building project. We have found this experience to be remarkably positive. Morgan Sindall have always been supportive, understanding and listened to the needs of the school and I have found communication with them to be excellent.

Steve Powley, Head teacher, Withycombe Raleigh CofE Primary School

ContractGateway 3 Planning Gateway 4 Contract Agreement Variation
Time34.4 weeks34.4 weeksNIL


Rob Buckler – Framework Manager