Kings Hill Primary School

Kings Hill, Kent

Project Details

Kent County Council

Project Manager
Donald Farquharson

Burns Guthrie & Partners


£6.1 million

Contract Period
49 weeks

Procurement Type

Form of Contract
Develop and Build

Project Brief

Construction of a new 1FE primary school for Kent County Council (KCC). External works comprised of a new car park, hard landscaping around building including MUGA pitch (MUGA is a sports surface which can be used for multiple different activities) and soft landscaping for sports pitches and temporary covering where future phases are planned. Installation (and removal) of temporary accommodation for school to occupy September 2015.

“I just wanted to pass on my thanks for all your help and care with our building. I feel very lucky to have worked with Dave and his team at Galliford Try – their kindness and consideration at every level has been fantastic and we are now privileged to have a just amazing building and space for the children! It is like winning the lottery!”

Community Engagement


  • Site team engaged with the school for a number of events. These included assemblies, numerous site visits for the school staff, site visits for the school children, and issuing virtual reality headsets for the periods when access on to site would be too hazardous.

Additional Support

  • A sand pit was constructed from surplus materials and issued to the school as was furniture and pin boards following hand over of the building.
  • Site Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was issued for the schools use and “goody” bags were handed out at handover.


  • Regular newsletters were issued to the surrounding properties (commercial buildings).


  • Local labour included technical apprentice.
  • Labour was locally recruited.
  • Six apprentices employed – two with GT & Trac and four with supply chain

Key Challenges

Late change accommodated by site along with the management of the client’s contractor.

Worked through with the various contractors.

We held early workshops with the façade contractor to manage this and alter the design at an early stage.

Change from clients requirements and signed off design.

Worked with consultants and client to agree on finishes within budget.

Design developed with contractor and architect to ensure best possible solution.

Worked through design with early engagement with Stroma (accredited certification). Site visit beneficial and assisted with project achieving required levels at first attempt.

Early intervention allowed for issues encountered with locations of soil vent pipe and base plates to be resolved.

Project Takeaways

Our Success

  • Excellent relationship with KCC but also the end user.
  • Aligned supply chain members performance.
  • Early engagement with supply chain for design input with consultants.
  • Proactive team approach all pulling in the same direction.
  • Regular engagement with the school for assemblies.
  • Newsletters to residents and local parish council.

Our Learnings

Value Added

KPI’s & Statistics

ContractCTB Gateway 4

Average CCS score: 39

Contacts: Chris Nickolls