Robert May’s School

  • Client

    Hampshire City Council

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    October 2018

Expansion of school by 1FE providing an open and welcoming entrance to give the school a presence in the local community.

The Challenge

The project involved the expansion of Robert May’s Secondary School in Odiham by 1FE, which included a two-storey new-build block and refurbishment within the existing building. External works included demolition of the caretaker’s bungalow and remodelling of the carpark; as well as works to the MUGA to the rear of the school and a grass playing field on a steeply sloped area adjacent the school. As part of these works, the team faced two key challenges;

  • The school was on a very tight site with high levels of coach drop-off demands and remodelling of the front of the school
  • The project was being delivered in a live school environment where pupil/ pedestrian safety was key, along with maintaining their safety routes during construction.

The Solution

To enable the new coach drop-off, a new carpark was built first, where the caretaker’s bungalow was located.

Pupil/ pedestrian routes were improved during construction works by directing them along hoarded/ fenced routes to and from the buses and emergency access routes to muster points. Deliveries were only allowed between drop-off and pick-up periods with the construction site gates closed outside these times. We also chaired weekly meetings with the school to discuss the forthcoming works and anticipated vehicle movements. Daily ‘Stand Up’ meetings were undertaken with all operatives on site, to make sure they were aware of what was happening on site that day.

The Results

The proactive approach and professional team meant communication between all parties, including the design team and the school was productive, with relationships maintained to the end of the project. Early liaison with the supply chain ensured professional buildability advice and working closely with the school we were able to minimise disruption. The client was also pleased with the successful delivery of the project, giving us a recommended score of 10/10.




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Added Value


Client Satisfaction

Client Testimonials

“The sheer professionalism and attention to detail demonstrated by the architectural and construction team was exceptional. Liaison between them and the client was thorough, consultive and led directly to those remarkably improved vistas, buildings and walkways.”

“I wanted to email you as the overriding message from the school was what a fantastic project that you have contributed to and built for them. In particular they highlighted Jim’s approach to the management of the site and his client/end user engagement as being exemplary but also the emerging site management/communication skills of Shane. This only tells part of the story and, not to in anyway diminish the praise rightly for Jim and Shane, this feedback reflects on the construction team as a whole and the approach by Morgan Sindall and I wanted to thank you.”

Contractor Performance | Commitments


100% payment within 30 days terms


100% waste diverted from landfill

100% timber responsibly sourced



CCS Score 39/45


36 No of SMEs delivering 100% of project value

17 beneficiaries

8 jobs created

120 trainee weeks

Schools engagement: 1031 students

£20 donations to charity

22 volunteer hours

88% 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