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The South West Specialists

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Summertime, and the living was….crazily busy for our Education department!

Happily our success rate has been very high, and this summer alone we helped client schools deliver approximately £3.6 million (net) of building work across the three offices from Weymouth to Penzance.

Types of work delivered include a new build block of six classrooms at Plymstock School, and Phase II of an extensive programme of roofing, decorative stone and window repairs at Plymouth High School for Girls. We also helped organise the refurbishment of the Art and Technology suites at Ridgeway School in Plympton, entailing the simultaneous refurbishment of 12 rooms within the summer holiday.

On a smaller scale, we have built a garage/store for Old Priory Junior Academy, extended two classrooms at Lipson Vale Primary School, reorganised reception arrangements for St Paul’s Catholic Primary School at St Budeaux and completed a staffroom extension for Bobtails Nursery.

Winning the funding is only the beginning of what is often an impossibly tight delivery schedule for schools to manage and it helps that Vickery Holman have such extensive experience in working with and around schools and as Project Managers.

We provide drawings and specifications, submit applications for planning and Building Regulations approval, manage the tender process and take the works through to completion. We also provide CDM Co-ordinator services where needed and liaise with other professionals (eg architects, structural engineers etc) as required.

For their part, in order to deliver the tight timescales, contractors are increasingly working antisocial hours to prevent disruption to the school day.

On intrusive works such as upgrading site wide fire alarm systems or window and door replacements, this has meant working from 4pm through to midnight in shifts to ensure safety and accordance with employment law, however it does illustrate the commitment of our contractors that they are prepared to flex in this way in order to deliver.

Competition for funding is likely to increase as the various pots of Government money change and new ways of filtering applications are devised, and it has to be said we relish the challenge of the process and of delivering a rewarding variety of improvements in partnership with our schools.

Roll on next summer!