Two Stage Traditional
Form of Contract:
Contract Period: 65 weeks
Size: 25,854 sq ft
A cross laminated timber (CLT) frame, specialist education facility for 64 pupils with SEMH (social, emotional, and mental health) needs, catering to students within the age range 11 – 18.
Delivering within budget – RBC required an educational establishment that was robust, delivered on time and within budget. Upon ISG’s appointment, the scheme was £1m over budget.
Collaborative working during the global pandemic – Covid prevented ISG and the client team from co-locating for the entirety of the preconstruction journey.
Maintaining operational continuity of neighbouring Maiden Erlegh School – The site was in close proximity to Maiden Erlegh School, a live educational facility within a busy residential neighbourhood.
Fast track programme – In the scheme, there was an inflexible deadline. It had to be ready by the first day of class for the new academic year.
Soft landings for a student ready space upon occupation – Although the install of the services went well, our Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) contractor encountered challenges while procuring the new transformer for the upgraded supply.
Delivering within budget – Upon appointment the project was £1m over budget. ISG worked with Department for Education (DfE) to provide value engineering (VE) expertise without compromising on quality. £600k savings were sourced by DfE, and ISG sourced the remaining £400k through hosting VE workshops. VE items included the façade and a reduced furniture, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) package achieved through collaboration with the client and suppliers. The new specialist education facility at Hamilton SEN School has been shortlisted for the 2022 Civic Building of the Year and SPACES Awards.
Collaborative working during the global pandemic – Despite not being able to co-locate for the duration of the preconstruction period ISG ensured a shared vision was established from day one. A tailored stakeholder and communications plan ensured expectations between RBC and our team were understood and met. We led collaborative online workshops to create a Project Charter which outlined key objectives for the project. Featured on this charter were objectives such as:
Maintaining operational continuity of neighbouring Maiden Erlegh School – As well as designing our logistics plan around the school to avoid delivery bottle necks during school hours, ISG hosted five site tours for 26 students at the neighbouring Maiden Erlegh Secondary School and Phoenix College. Students were able to witness our works progressing month-to-month and were able to see first-hand how a safe building site was run. We also regularly dropped newsletters to the school advising of our noisy works schedule and letting them know what to expect on the project in the coming months.
Fast track programme – HCC proposed an ‘off-site solution’ for the new build extension. This was constructed from Cross Laminated Timber panels (CLT). The panels were manufactured off-site in Austria and shipped to site, where they were erected with a self-erecting tower crane. The panels simply slotted, interlocked, and then were screwed together to form the structure and roof decks; a textbook example of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). Works progressed from flat slab to ‘completed building’ in two weeks, with a further two weeks of screws and snagging.
Soft landings for a student ready space upon occupation – There was live power to the building, but only 80% of the required capacity. This was sufficient for commissioning not for occupation. With regular site meetings with SSE and manufacturers we were able to increase the capacity locally to allow commissioning and occupation of the new school space.
Air tightness targeted was 5, and we achieved an impressive 1.7. This construction methodology resulted in a programme acceleration resulted in the project being handed over 5 days earlier than planned
Through VE workshops
100% payment within 30 days
HCC’s design proposal to use CLT to promote good airtightness, formed HCC’s drive to reduce carbon. Air tightness targeted was 5, and we achieved an impressive 1.7.
96.2% waste diverted from landfill
2 new apprentices
Supporting 6 existing apprentices
7 jobs created
28 training weeks, 135 apprentice weeks
School visits organised with local School, Maiden Erlegh
£200 raised for Salvation Army Xmas Present Appeal
Handover & Aftercare Contractor Promise