Malcolm Sargent Primary School caters for children between the ages of four and eleven years. It opened in 1970 with fourteen children and has occupied the present building since September 1974. Since this time the school has continued to flourish and has had various works to house their 630 pupils.
We recently worked with the school to provide it with two single storey extensions which were located at the front and rear of the existing school building. These extensions were to provide additional classrooms to the school.
The most important aspect of the project was maintaining communication between the site team and the school throughout the duration of the works.
The site manager had regular meetings with the school advising them of progress and the movement of plant vehicles to ensure safety within a live school environment.
All works were clearly segregated ensuring the works did not interrupt the pupils studies. Within the project we faced ground issues on the front
extension regarding the condition of the ground. To prevent delay with used on directly employed operatives whom designed a whole new foundation system which made sure the project stayed on schedule.
During the works we invited the students of the school to come for a site tour during when the main activities of the works were taking place to engage them with the project and educate them of the different roles within construction
We also suggested that the children put together a time capsule! All year groups created work to put inside the capsule and on the day of putting it in the ground, a representative from the year group came to site and shovelled some dirt on top of the capsule. A slab of concrete was then placed over the area where the capsule is buried to mark its place, and a photo of the ceremony has been put up in school so that future generations of pupils and staff know about the event.