When this year’s summer break started our work began at St. John’s Infant School in Dewsbury. Whilst we didn’t start in the classroom, we certainly ended with one after a gruelling six-week build programme.
Those that know us and work with us acknowledge our passion for making buildings work harder, this was our brief from St. John’s. Our goal was to create more space without extending the footprint of their existing building.
Appointed as Architect and Contracts Administrators, we had several stakeholders to please, each with their own requirements. We had to work hard to make the grade and deliver an outstanding piece of work for all concerned. Not only did the catering staff require a new larger kitchen space, the kids needed a new classroom, and everyone needed the physical changes completed within 30 days!
Surveying the site, it was clear that space could be better utilised. By relocating the kitchen, not only could a new classroom be created but the kitchen extended to create a more productive environment for the catering team.
From start to finish the project was delivered under very tight time and budget constraints. Even before the physical work began on the 61m² space and our 30-day build countdown started we had to measure the footprint of the existing structure, prepare proposals, gain planning and building regulations whilst simultaneously going out to tender.
As soon as the children left for summer demolition began!
Construction ran smoothly. But, like many jobs, there were one or two unexpected issues. Dealt with quickly and efficiently, this included asbestos underneath the existing floor, this was carefully removed; no damp course in flooring which was rectified; and new dishwashing equipment that had to be fabricated to suit the new kitchen size.
Needless to say, with restricted time the last week was hectic with many sub-contractors on site all at the same time.
Delivered on time and on budget this completed project demonstrates how MWA transform existing buildings and structures to deliver improvements that not only look good but create a productive environment that supports growth and further development.
Feedback confirms that our team definitely made the grade. The school has the space to add another year group and to expand. The catering team, well they are happily fuelling the youngsters in a new, larger state-of-the-art facility as they start their 2019/20 school year.