St Peter’s School RC Academy


Project Details

Bournemouth Borough Council

Project Manager

Cube Design

Wates Construction

£8.0 million

Contract Period
57 weeks

Procurement Type
Design & Build

Form of Contract
JCT 2011

Apprentices Employed
1 new start technical with SWSA

Project Brief

Phase 3C was part of an overall project that comprised 5 phases. St Peters School is a Roman Catholic Academy divided into 2 sites. The Iford site accommodates year 7&8 and the Southbourne accommodates the remainder of the school. The aim of the overall project was to merge year 7&8 into the Southbourne site so the overall secondary school is then located on one site.
Phase 3C New Build located in an existing school site, located on the schools existing sports field consisting of:

  • 3300sqm of teaching accommodation
  • 16 classrooms
  • Two art studios
  • Two science labs/classrooms
  • Dining hall and kitchen
  • Main hall
  • Changing facilities
  • Staff offices
  • Four multi use games area (MUGA) pitches
  • Associated landscaping
  • Staff car park

“The Wates team provided a superb service from start to completion of the project.”

Community Engagement


  • Wates adopted St Peters School as part of Constructing Excellence Adopt a School initiative


  • Wates held a Building Futures employability programme
  • One new start technical apprentice with SWSA

Key Challenges

It was apparent at Mini Comp 2 that the budget was insufficient to meet the design aspiration so Wates carried out a full design review and redesigned the scheme to achieve the brief within budget. In addition, rationalisation of sport England requirements enabling significant savings.

The programme was extremely tight and was also dictated by school term times, therefore a clear schedule was planned and followed carefully.

Project Takeaways

Our Success

  • Works in existing school buildings were carried out outside school term to avoid disruption
  • Site logistics developed to ensure that the new construction works were completely isolated from the school operation and access to minimise disruption

Our Learnings

  • Cut and fill exercise carried out resulting in revised building levels minimising cart-away and omitted retaining wall by moving the building 3 metres.

Value Added

  • £8 million value building
  • Teaching facilities to accommodate 480 secondary school pupils

KPI’s & Statistics

Contact: Neil Channon, Framework Manager