The expansion of Amersham School was carried out within a live school campus, over three phases of works, and comprised: a new 27-space car park and landscaping works; the construction of a double-storey extension featuring a new dining hall, reception area, and eight classrooms forming a new maths block (Block N); extension of an existing science block to provide additional teaching space (Block E).
Although not an employer requirement for the scheme, our design team developed the design in BIM to provide a high degree of design co-ordination throughout the Stage 4 design development.
Overcoming of a number of challenges was crucial to the successful outcome of the scheme. This included undertaking the works within a live school, restricted space to manoeuvre when completing areas of detail, working towards completing facilities to achieve critical phased handover dates whilst, additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic had swept its way through sites across the country.
Another was the discovery of unexpected urgent remedial works required to areas of masonry support on the existing building, which hindered and delayed progression of works. As it was unsafe to work underneath the concrete beams that supported the concrete blocks, the remediation works consumed many weeks of programming.
Overcoming the various challenges on site required careful and considered planning, excellent communication, understanding and innovative methods of working.
Communication from all parties associated with the project was critical, particularly throughout term times, to ensure safety measures were in place to protect students, staff and members of the public.
Masonry remedial works were carefully considered, being struck down and re-built with engineering bricks and a concrete lintel to hold the structure of the loads, which provided its structural integrity.
Re-sequencing of work packages played an important factor to maintain progression to the job and was demonstrated by prioritising Block E works located in an existing block, which would continue to operate during school term whilst the refurbishment works continued. This strategy proved beneficial as, after Block E was handed over to the school, we were then able to prioritise works to the main Block N new build.
Successfully carried out within the live school environment, this much needed scheme saw the introduction of new and improved facilities, providing students and teachers with a first-class learning environment to serve future generations of learners.
At the Buckinghamshire College Group’s Student Awards Ceremony in June 2022, Morgan Sindall was awarded ‘Employer of the Year’. The nomination by Industry Placement Officer, Nicola Hieatt, was as follows: ‘’Our partnership with this employer began late last year. During this academic year they have provided Buckinghamshire College Group construction students with over 500 work experience hours, careers sessions, help with CV writing, week-long virtual work experience projects, industry insight days not only for students but staff as well.
Their staff are always courteous and welcoming to students and regularly take time out of their working days to carry out safe site tours and offer advice. The construction students have been extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to work alongside these professionals. On a more personal note, our contact Norma Odain-Hines [Morgan Sindall Community Investment Manager, London & Home Counties] repeatedly goes out of her way to include the students in the site development in every possible way. We will certainly miss her dedication once the Buckinghamshire project is complete.’’
100% payment within 30 days terms
100% waste diverted from landfill
100% timber responsibly sourced
CCS Score 43/45
Handover & Aftercare Contractor Promise
14 SMEs, 28 beneficiaries
6 jobs created, 172 trainee weeks
Schools engagement: 277 students
£11,750 donations to charity, 227 volunteer hours
78% social value created
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