Calthorpe Park School

  • Client

    Hampshire County Council

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    September 2021

Following Hampshire County Council’s investment to meet increased local demand to provide 300 new places for 11-16 year-old students over the next 5 years, this new extension block forms a two-storey building housing a dedicated maths department as well as two state-of-the-art ICT/technology classrooms.  Additionally, there is a new specialist ceramics studio and communal dining area increasing facilities for community use.  The project also enhances the existing campus by providing landscaped green social spaces for outside dining, teaching and a performance space with a new amphitheatre for outside productions.

The Challenge

Delivering a project in the midst of a worldwide pandemic
Changing guidance from the Government to the school meant they had to amend how they operated, which in turn meant we had to adapt our works accordingly.

Pressures on programme betterment
We made a collective decision as to whether the client required a temporary school as the original programme had a completion date of the end of September, which would be during term time and meant pupils would need alternative accommodation. We agreed the school would be handed over early, therefore eliminating the need for temporary school accommodation. The earlier completion date meant the client and school had an operational building ready for the new term time.

Late changes to design
Late changes were made to the servery downstairs. The servery was originally designed for cold food prep, however 12 weeks before handover this was to be changed to a hot food mini kitchen.

The Solution

Delivering a project in the midst of a worldwide pandemic
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we had to re-programme our external works. In our original plan, we were going to work in larger areas at a time and hand each one over. However during the pandemic, the Covid management strategy meant there were changes to the movement of pupils around the school. To meet with this new strategy, we re-programmed our works during half-term periods to allow the school to manage their Covid processes.

In order to minimise any disruption, we worked closely with the school on a daily basis to understand their changing strategies with Covid and then manage our works accordingly. During the tender stage, we implemented more hoarding than originally planned, as the school asked for more segregation between our works and the school.

 In addition, drainage works around the existing MUGA and existing fences had to be undertaken during half-term to minimise disruption to the school.

The science refurbishment works were undertaken in the summer holidays. This was a tight programme, however we managed to achieve this through early engagement with the supply chain and being open and honest with them about the programme from the start in order to gain buy in from them. Our engagement with the supply chain started in March, ready for the July start. Materials, labour and resources were also planned ahead so they were ready for the refurbishment phase. We also treated the refurbishment as a separate phase internally, so we could effectively manage the works and meet the timescales.

Pressures on programme betterment
We created an open and collaborative approach with our supply chain. From the outset we offered our supply chain to visit site the project before they started and had early conversations with them to get them on board, particularly with the early packages.

Late Changes to design
Initially there was only a small amount of M&E in the walls, therefore we changed these to suit a commercialised kitchen. We put these extra services in the wall ahead of any design and instruction, so we didn’t delay the programme. The client subsequently incorporated these services into their design.

The Results

We successfully finished the building four weeks early and to a delighted Client who gave us a recommended score of 9/10.




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Client Satisfaction

Client Testimonials

“Even within the current context these are positive and exciting times for Calthorpe Park. We are enormously grateful for our collaborative and supportive relationship with Hampshire County Council. With Morgan Sindall Construction, we have found a partner that understands both the educational context and the specific school’s vision, standards and expectations. We know that this will be a productive and dynamic relationship over the next few months.”

Contractor Performance | Commitments


100% payment within 30 days terms


100% waste diverted from landfill

100% timber responsibly sourced

37.35 tonnes carbon saved



CCS Score 42/45


27 No of SMEs delivering

14 beneficiaries

2 jobs created

198 trainee weeks

Schools engagement: 718 students

£4742.60 donations to charity

5 volunteer hours

78% social value created


Soft landings for handover

Dedicated Morgan Sindall point of contact

On-line portal for notifying any defects with 3 priority categories for response times

SCF Framework Manager

James Wright 


Phone: 07761 330560

Contractor Framework Manager

Alan Smedley


Phone: 07967 686066