Marlborough Primary and Special School 

  • Client

    Royal Borough of Chelsea & Kensington (RBKC)

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    July 2016

The Marlborough Primary and Special School project overseen by main contractor Mace saw the redevelopment by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea to provide a new two form entry primary school in the heart of Chelsea. It has seen the old unsuitable Victorian school building on the site demolished and the construction of a new Marlborough Primary School.

The Challenge

  • Complex site logistics as the site was landlocked – bounded on two sides by roads and party walls on the two gable ends.
  • Demolition and partial salvage of the existing Victorian structure, including removal of large quantities of asbestos.
  • Construction and relocation of the existing school onto an adjacent warehouse property, as well as move-management from temporary school back to new building.
  • Working restrictions such as delivery times, construction nuisance (noise, vibration and dust) and quiet times dictated by RBKC planners are an added challenge.

The Solution

Robust strategies were agreed with suppliers and RBKC highways. Utilising an online booking system with additional on-site traffic marshals and suspension of adjacent parking bays to create a holding pit-lane. Together with detailed method statements submitted and approved by the adjacent party wall surveyors.
Prior to any demolition works being undertaken careful planning took place including surveys such as R&D to determine the extent of asbestos material.
Careful planning and development works were undertaken in conjunction with the school to ensure the temporary school met their teaching requirements. A detailed time/motion study was also undertaken to ensure the school was moved with the minimal of fuss.
Construction stage management plans including logistics and community engagement were delivered which fully document how liaison with local residents was undertaken together with arrangements to control construction nuisance.

The Results

  • The final logistics strategy agreed during early preconstruction stage brought all-round benefits – zero complaints or delays.
  • The project received many awards including the prestigious 2018 RIBA National Award.
  • Logistics strategy agreed as part of the 2-stage early engagement led to added value savings of £650k.



Added Value


Client Satisfaction

Client Testimonials

“The new school is spacious and light and generously resourced. It has state of the art facilities including outdoor learning spaces, two large hall spaces, a community room, a dance studio, a creative media suite, an art and design studio and a multi-use games area on the roof. Marlborough also has its own specialist autism provision.”

“This multi-award winning project is an example of how when you get collaboration right a true partnership is formed. This school demonstrates how designer, contractor and client can push the boundaries while working within a defined cost plan.”

Contractor Performance | Commitments


The project was able to reclaim more than 80,000 bricks from the demolition of the original school building.

98% waste diverted from landfills


Financial management was proactively managed for the duration of the contract.


To ensure the works did not unduly impact local residents, a Section 61 Agreement was obtained with specific agreements on working hours, delivery times and construction nuisance.


Both Mace and the supply chain provided extensive apprentice opportunities through appointment of an employment/skills manager and charter.


The handover plan, developed during preconstruction, ensured we adequately programmed and resourced RBKC’s handover requirements, this included a detailed handover checklist for our team.

SCF Framework Manager

James Wright


Phone: : 07761 330560

Contractor Framework Manager

David Chambers


Phone: 07789 514895