Westcliff High Grammar School For Boys

Two stage Design & Build project to refurbish the science laboratories and technology block, delivered within a 'live' school environment.

Architect: Innes Associates
Quantity Surveyor: McBains
Location: Essex
Duration: 40 weeks

About This Education Project

We were hired to undertake a new build extension and refurbishment project for Westcliff High School for Boys. The purpose of the project was to improve the school’s learning facilities.

The new extension is a single-storey building that expands the school’s science offerings. It includes a laboratory, science teaching and learning stations, clinical wash basins and a lobby area. The extension was constructed using blockwork with metsec and cladding.

In addition to the new extension, we were also tasked with refurbishing the school’s existing Technology Block. This involved carrying out full mechanical and electrical works, decorating and installing a new internal lift. The refurbished Technology Block now includes two upgraded design technology rooms, an IT suite and a food technology room.

One of the critical aspects of the project was to refurbish and hand over the Technology Block before the start of the new term in September. We carefully phased the program to ensure that we delivered the works on time and in compliance with the agreed critical path. The Technology Block was handed over on time, prior to the new term, with the science classrooms being handed over following this as agreed.

Planning the project was not without its challenges. The fact that we were delivering the project in an operational school, with a live Girls School immediately adjacent and nearby local theatre, gardens and fire station all posed challenges. We had to mitigate these challenges by collaborating with all stakeholders in the planning and design stage. This helped us to develop a suitable traffic management and logistics plan that could segregate the site and minimise disruption.

Client feedback

Thank you for your time and energy working on our PSBP2 project to refurbish the Technology Block and extend the Science Block. I greatly appreciate the care and attention you gave the project and your attention to detail was very helpful for ensuring that we’ve ended up with a suitably completed project. Should the School undertake any similar projects in future then we will look to invite Logan to tender for this work.
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David Partridge, Director of Resources
Westcliff High School for Boys
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