As another scheme secured via the SCAPE framework, the Stevenage Education Centre project, we followed the core principles of the framework agreement, which supports the entire lifecycle of the built environment from initial feasibility to completion and handover. It builds upon RIBA 2013 plan of work and organises each project into a number of key stages named “gateways” which enable efficient standardised flow of project information throughout the project.
The scope of this project was to undertake an urgent design and build solution for additional classrooms and alterations / refurbishment of a new technology centre. As an SEND facility, the project had specific social needs and security requirements to assist with the safety of pupils due to start in the September intake.
We started by stripping out four prefabricated classrooms, which needed bringing up to current standards, and forming four specialist learning spaces for Home Economics, Mechanics, Building & construction skills, and an Art and IT department. Also required were two new toilet facilities and extensive ground works, directly adjacent to an existing sewer. The entire site was protected by a unique, specialist fence which separated the new school from the original derelict school.
On completion of the project, a final review showed an extra £3,037 worth of additional works were required around the school; Conamar undertook this extra work free of charge as a goodwill gesture.