Commercially viable fast track approach
The clients brief was to provide a new Art Room for the lowest possible cost with construction commencing immediately after the June examinations and with completion prior to the start of the autumn term 2003 - a period of 10 weeks. Our contracting background – see milestones - has generated a ‘can do’ attitude to such challenges, born from the pressures of working to the demands of retail clients’ time frames. A client with an open mind to procurement techniques, the use of ‘Off Site Fabrication’ techniques and round the clock working 7 days a week can compress any timeframe. We enjoy the challenge of endeavouring to produce something exceptional whilst under pressure.
We decided that in this instance the best way to achieve the programme was to work with a reliable local contractor for the ground works and management, and select a timber frame and panel specialist to provide an ‘off site’ solution for the superstructure.
This allowed the shell to be made water-tight to enable internal fit-out and finishes to be carried out whilst the external wall and roof finishes were applied.
On completion to reflect the schools requirements the space was successfully converted for use by the technology department and, until the completion of the new sixth form college, was a very popular evening hosting venue for the school.
The building was officially opened by the Secretary of State the Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke MP in February 2004.