Flagship modular school in Derby delivered in record time

14 October, 2020

Very often, working within the education sector means that projects have strict – and sometimes very tight – deadlines to adhere to around the academic year, ensuring that schools are ready to welcome pupils on time, and to minimise any disruption to pupils’ education when refurbishment or redevelopment work is taking place on an existing school site.

This week’s Education Estates Digital Week programme features a presentation on how the benefits of modular construction can be unlocked for the education sector – an approach that can greatly reduce the delivery time of construction programmes.

Last year, we provided project management, quantity surveying and NEC supervision services for Hackwood Primary School, which was delivered in record time thanks to the utilisation of modular construction, progressing from a planning application to building handover in less than a year.

The £5 million school comprises of seven classrooms and a 26-place nursery. The completed scheme – procured through the Scape Group Venture framework – created an additional 210 pupil places for Derby, with the ability to increase to a capacity of 315 pupils as demand incrementally grows.

The school was commissioned by Derby City Council working in collaboration with the housing developers Miller Homes and Redrow, which were building more than 700 new homes on the neighbouring Hackwood Farm housing estate.

Matt Hall, director at Pick Everard, said: “As with many school projects, a key requirement was an efficient delivery time. By utilising modular construction principles – and the expert delivery team being appointed efficiently via our extensive supply chain network – the school was completed in record time – just 37 weeks.

“We were also incredibly proud to have brought the key construction partners onto this scheme, helping to establish meaningful new relationship between private and public sector bodies.

Morgan Sindall Construction delivered the 14,000 sq ft scheme, which was designed by Scape Group architects Lungfish.

Matt continued: “Completing a modular build school is still an emerging concept, and this scheme was very much leading the way in the delivery of an education facility using this modern method of construction, so the project team had to closely work together to ensure a successful delivery.

“We worked in collaboration with the Miller Homes and Redrow consortium, Morgan Sindall Construction and Derby City Council. This approach meant that we were able to manage updates to the school’s fixtures and equipment requirements, without any delay to the programme.

“We also liaised directly with Hackwood Primary Academy to establish its requirements and balance these with stringent change control measures. The school will now meet an ever-growing demand for school places in Derbyshire. We’re delighted to have delivered this project on time and on budget.”

We were delighted that the school was shortlisted for the RICS Education Awards which is a testament to the working relationships developed throughout the project and the professionalism of all involved.”

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