Case Study: The Welby Building, Becket Keys School

February 1, 2018

Throughout 2018, we’re going to take a look back through our successes of 2017 and share our achievements in what was a busy year for the team. We’ll be posting regularly about our projects, highlighting key elements and sharing lessons learnt.

We’re starting this with our fantastic project at Becket Keys in Brentwood, a scheme that was delivered for the Educational and Skills Funding Agency and the Russell Education Trust. Designed by Innes Associates and valued at £3.25m, the new ‘Welby Building’, named after the current Archbishop of Canterbury, was completed in 51 weeks.

A new three storey replacement teaching block was developed for the School via closed panel timber frame solution on the south eastern corner of the grounds. The project was procured under a two stage process, with budget kept in mind throughout.

The block delivered a further 16 classrooms of teaching space, shared community space and a Sixth Form centre for staff and students. The sixth form centre provides dedicated studying, social and eating areas for around 100 Sixth Formers. 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 introduction of the new building also provided the school with a new student entrance, meaning that students are able to arrive and leave quicker and easier.

The site was very challenging with it initially being landlocked and adjacent to an occupied teaching block, a playground and a sports hall used for exams. The logistics of the site resulted in very little space for our site set up and led to us employing just in time phased deliveries.

A review of the design and a subsequent public consultation during the design development phase led to a scheme that better suited the schools needs and met budget constraints.

We engaged with the school throughout the build, including hosting a ‘Maths in Construction’ class and donated excess materials and pallets to the school for their allotment area.

The Russell Education Trust were thrilled with the new addition to the school and the Contracts Manager for Becket Keys said: “Fantastic staff, clear & timely communications. The building is an inspiration and I have enjoyed every phase of the build.”