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Customer - King Edward's School

Architect - BBA Architects

Contract value - £4 million

Contract duration - 52 weeks

Procurement - Competitive Tender

Case Study - King Edward's School, Bath

A £4 million teaching centre at the heart of King Edward's School in Bath, providing a state-of-the-art learning environment for students and teachers.

A complex, year long, project has created modern new facilities for senior school and sixth form students studying science, modern languages, geography and ICT.  

The striking two storey building, comprising classrooms, laboratories and ICT facilities, successfully combines traditional and modern construction incorporating a steel frame and envelope with Bath stone and optima cladding panels.

The building is located at the centre of the school campus, sandwiched tightly between existing classrooms and the school's Rutherford sports hall. This posed a number of challenges for the construction team, including both limited space and difficult shared access for school and construction traffic.

As a 'live environment' the team worked closely with the school to understand key issues and ensure minimum disruption. With pupil safety as the paramount concern the team were still able to overcome technical and logistical challenges, as well as bad weather delays, to deliver a high quality building in time for familiarisation by the school and the new academic term.

The project received a Building Safety Group health and safety award.

Challenges & Solutions

The land locked site with students on all sides presented real challenges. By diverting existing corridors and erecting temporary scaffold staircases, the main school was able to function normally with an increased buffer zone between construction activities and the school.

The use of the tower crane introduced additional concerns particulary as it over-sailed the site boundary fence in some areas. Careful safety planning was required at every stage to ensure that loads were never lifted outside of the boundary fence.

Shared access issues were resolved by employing a gateman to control vehicle movements through the site. Normal school bus movements at the start and close of the school day, plus trips to and from playing fields, could be safely managed without disruption.

"We are delighted to have such a wonderful new resource which will provide a first class facility for several academic departments, which further enhances the quality of the King Edward's learning environment. Despite bad weather delays the project was completed on schedule for our new academic year thanks to Beard's commitment and 'can do' attitude. ”
Martin Boden , Head Master