01 March 2017

West Monkton C of E Primary School

  • Region: Taunton, Somerset
  • Client: Persimmon Homes South West
  • Value: £4,750,000
  • Contract terms: JCT D&B 2011
  • Contract length: 45 weeks
  • Completed: September 2016
  • Customer satisfaction score at PC: 93%
  • Site features and challenges: Close residential neighbours / shared access road / renewable energy requirement
  • Community: The team provided learning experiences for local young people, and accommodated staff and pupils’ feedback/wishes when constructing the new building:
    • Students from the nearby Bridgwater & Taunton College were given work experience placements – one bricklayer and one carpenter;
    • A viewing platform with pedestrian access was constructed at the site boundary, with current and prospective students invited to visit the site and view progress;
    • The gates from the old school building were incorporated into the new site as a tribute.

The project comprised the design and build of a new Section 106 2FE primary building providing extra capacity for the existing West Monkton CofE Primary School. The site was closely bound on three sides by residential properties and a developing housing estate, and the team’s commitment to community engagement and H&S performance was rewarded with a Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) National Site Award 2017.

"There is obviously a desire to make this more than just an ordinary building site and to present a good image of the industry." – Considerate Constructors Scheme Monitor.

The CCS Monitor noted that Mi-space’s approach to project management aligns closely with the CCS code of conduct, and that the site team enthusiastically and effectively enforced all requirements. The team were also commended for ‘great efforts’ to engage the local community, particularly the existing school, and for regularly apprising all neighbours of project progression. H&S standards and workforce management were compared favourably with competitors, and positive feedback given for monitoring carbon feedback and publically displaying the results.

 “10/10 for the team's attitude and approach to Health & Safety – always good – and top marks for minimising disruption.” – Richard Philipson, Stride Treglown Ltd

Further project successes include:

  • Mi-space’s design management working with the client to identify suitable ways to meet the planning condition of 10% energy renewably generated on site – the original PV design was thoroughly tested and deemed insufficient, and the team researched and installed a combined heat and power unit capable of beating the requirement;

  • A value engineering exercise was undertaken, resulting in the simplification of the steel frame based on the team’s previous experience – soffits and overhangs were reduced, shortening construction time and facilitating cladding installation;

  • The site access road was shared with visitors to the existing school throughout the project. Deliveries were timed to avoid school drop off/collection hours. 

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