Michael Drayton School Phase 1 - Warwickshire

"We had a professional site manager who dealt with any questions and concerns throughout the duration of the project, with good communication." Diane Compton-Belcher, Headteacher - Michael Drayton Junior School
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Local labour within 40 miles
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SME spend

Rising population creates demand for new extension at Michael Drayton Junior School.

The school required an extension to accommodate 130 additional students at the start of the new school year, who had recently moved into the area due to a new housing development constructed nearby.

To avoid the new community needing to divert their children to schools further away, Warwickshire County Council had a requirement to create more spaces at the school for local children.

The programme is being delivered via our Regional Construction framework by Fortem. Phase 1 of the programme is now complete; the Phase 2 project will see Fortem commence a four classroom extension to increase school capacity further for September 2019.

The works had a time restriction of 3rd September: completion was necessary in just eight weeks, in time for the return of students after the summer break.

The build for Phase 1 consisted of extensions to the school hall and a refurbishment to the staff room and music room.

The area that was previously used as the music room was turned into storage and a new, more spacious music room was created. The school hall was also extended with new lighting, new flooring and another new storage area was installed.

The works started with a limited amount of time from start to finish, as Phase 1 was planned for delivery within eight weeks, two weeks from the end of term and the six week holidays.

The project also started two weeks before the end of the school year, meaning that the team delivered the work within a live environment.

During the six week holidays, the school also had a holiday club taking place, meaning that the work needed to cause as little disruption as possible, which Fortem is highly experienced in delivering.

Phase 1 met the client objectives: the school opened on time with a renovation and an extension to the staff room. The school was handed over ready for normal operations by 3rd September, with all electrical certificates commissioned.

The project involved one Fortem management trainee, as well as two full time apprentices onsite. This offered them great exposure by introducing the trainees to construction work within the education sector, testing their newly learnt skills against a stringent timescale to deliver ready for the new school year in September.

Social Value Creation

With the project being at a primary school, Fortem had the opportunity to discuss their award winning Pathways4Life Programme and confirm future school engagement activities.

Pathways4Life is Fortem’s ‘4 Pathway’ programme into employment, aimed at enhancing the life chances of 3,500 young people by 2020. As Pathways4Life is the main driver of Fortem's community investment strategy, their goal is to create, manage and deliver community investment activities that contribute directly to society. The '4 Pathways' are school engagement, work experience, apprenticeships and employment.

To date Fortem's programme has;

  • Supported and attended the Bailey Park Family Fun Day in conjunction with Nuneaton and Bedworth Council;
  • Supported and attended Heath Lane Academy Careers Event.

We are continuing to work on embedding additional social value throughout Phase 2 of the project, including delivering STEM workshops to inspire the younger generation.

Project statistics

Phase 1 completion:September 2018
Phase 1 project value:£315k
Local labour within 40 miles:80%
Local spend within 40 miles:86%
SME spend :90%
SME engagement :75%
Apprentices created:2
Considerate Constructor Score:37
Frameworks: Regional Construction

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