Faithorn Farrell Timms has been appointed as Employers Agents for the demolition of the original primary school buildings at Our Lady & St Philip Neri and the construction of a new, larger school on the same site to accommodate both infant and junior children.
The new school is two Form Entry for 420 children plus a further 25 nursery places. The first phase of works, comprising the main body of the school, has been completed and has been occupied by all staff and pupils whilst the hall, rooftop play area and external works, including a running track, continue.
We were appointed whilst the architects designs for the project were still being considered by the planners. Our role was to progress these designs into a construction tender, subsequent contract and oversee its delivery on site. Given the need for carrying out the works whilst the site was in occupation, and the condensed works programme, a modular approach to the build was preferred taking the opportunity for components to be manufactured off-site.
We sought tender costs whilst the planning application was being considered and finalised these by negotiation once the application had been determined.
The original intention was for the whole school to decant to a nearby adjacent site prior to the construction works being carried out. However, shortly before building works were due to begin, this alternative site became unavailable so the project would either have to be terminated or the programme would need reviewing to explore the possibilities of carrying out the works with the school children and staff in occupation.
By breaking the project down into consecutive individual phases, as opposed to a single entity, and through liaison with Darwin Group and our Principal Designer team, we established that construction could progress around the original school buildings for about nine months whilst these remained in use.
Whilst the new school hall and kitchen could not yet be delivered, it was agreed that by leaving the ground floor of the first phase "open plan", and by creating a temporary kitchen, the entire school could be accommodated in the first new build phase for the summer term therefore allowing the original school to be demolished before the second phased commenced with a view to overall completion at the beginning of September 2018.
We have also managed Party Wall matters for the seven adjoining owners where works on the site have affected boundaries between the various neighbours.
These awards and agreements have needed to be dovetailed with the construction works programme in order that the correct approvals were obtained to suit the phased rolling build programme.