Becket Keys CofE Secondary School

Russell Education Trust and the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Construction of a new three storey replacement teaching block, named the Welby Building, was developed via closed panel timber frame solution on the south eastern corner of the grounds at Becket Keys. The new teaching block provided further teaching space, shared community space including a deli café and a sixth form centre.

Other works included the demolition of the ‘caretakers house’ and ‘Block 2’ and the extension and refurbishment of outside areas to create three netball courts and an informal play area. The new sixth form areas included lounge, garden, decking area and silent study rooms, alongside toilets to provide a nature style for students to grow and bring the gap between school and university.

We worked closely with the school to develop a phased management and logistics plan that allowed for delivery to progress safely while maintaining ‘business as usual’ for the school.

Strong collaboration, early contractor involvement and liaison with key stakeholders completed a project that the school can be proud of, that was delivered earlier than scheduled and on budget.

KEY POINTS:

  • Logistically challenging site, landlocked and access shared with three other schools
  • Three storey replacement teaching block
  • Timber frame
  • Two stage tender
  • Close liaison with local community, suppliers and training companies offering apprenticeships

LOCATION:
Brentwood

VALUE:
£3,250,000

PRINCIPAL CONSULTANTS:
Innes Associates and Mace

PROJECT DURATION:
51 weeks

“Very satisfied. Fantastic staff, clear & timely communications. The building is an inspiration and I have enjoyed every phase of the build.”

Finance & Contracts Manager
Becket Keys C of E School

We worked closely with the school and local community on this project. In addition to this we encouraged local suppliers and subcontractors to get involved. We also teamed up with a local training provider to offer apprenticeship opportunities within the construction environment.

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