Schools services:
St Andrew’s School

Managing the construction of a new timber-framed teaching block at St Andrew’s CE First School in Evesham, Worcestershire, that has doubled the school’s intake from 30 to 60 pupils each year.

The brief

The aim of this Worcestershire County Council-funded project was to increase the capacity of St Andrew’s School from one form entry to two form entry.

The project involved constructing a new timber-framed teaching block, comprising six classrooms, a nurture room, break-out spaces, a PPA (planning, preparation and assessment) room, cloakrooms and toilets.

It also involved the demolition of outdated temporary classrooms, and the creation of a link corridor to the existing school building.

Our approach

Our expert teams managed the project designers throughout the process, from initial design, planning and tendering to appointing the main contractor. We also managed risks, timescales and costs throughout.

Planning approval required us to manage an exploratory archaeological dig, to establish if the site was of historical value, before building work could begin.

Because the project involved carrying out construction work on a live school site, careful communication with – and management of – contractors was vital to ensure the safety of pupils and staff at all times.

Services we provided

  • design team-led project management
  • pre-planning consultation
  • stakeholder engagement
  • risk management
  • soft handover
  • defects rectification

The results

School intake doubled, with bonus budget savings

St Andrew’s School now offers high-quality schooling to twice as many children. The project was completed and delivered in under the original budget, and great communication between the project management team, contractors and school staff enabled a successful result with maximum safety and minimum disruption.

  • Careful risk management ensured delivery on time and on budget

  • Effective management of contractors guaranteed safety of pupils and staff throughout

  • Form intake doubled in time for the new school year

  • High quality educational facility will stand the test of time