calfordseaden was commissioned on this new build voluntary aided Sikh school with the inclusion of nursery facilities for three-11 year olds. The school is a two form entry and provides 420 primary places and 50 nursery places, with 20% of these being reserved for children of other faiths.

The new school facilities include sixteen classrooms, a staff room, offices, kitchen, large activity and sports hall, external play areas, wooded landscaped area, canopied external area, prayer hall, computer suite, library, multi-use room, parent’s room and SENCO room.

As the scheme commenced, costs began to escalate beyond the budget and we were appointed as project manager and employer’s agent to review the project direction with the client. The original design team worked on a traditional build route which did not (in this instance) have the flexibility to reduce the costs or potential for value engineering. The design team was reluctant to make any changes. We revisited the procurement strategy, evaluating both the positive and negatives to deliver the project within budget whilst ensuring quality is maintained through robust performance specifications, on site monitoring and design development auditing. We advised the client to pay off the original design team and opt for a D&B Contract where all responsibility including the appointment of consultants would be under one roof.

Following our appointment on Khalsa Primary School, we were also appointed as the lead consultants and architects for the listed building refurbishment delivered at a cost of £1.1m against a budget of over £2m. The Grade II Listed ‘Norwood Hall’ house designed by Sir John Soane in 1803 was refurbished and restored for community activities. These works include essential repairs to maintain the historic fabric of the house and layout alterations.