The very challenging expansion of Holmer Green Senior School has just crossed the line, thanks to the efforts of our PM/QS team of Rob Alexander and Steve Crockford. The school has been extended and extensively remodelled to support an additional two forms of entry – increasing admission numbers by 180.
Rob led the project on behalf of Buckinghamshire Council, developing the complexing phasing strategy required to keep the school fully operational throughout the extension and remodelling and dealing with the delays and challenges of Covid.
Works were procured via the Southern Construction Framework using a two stage, open book approach with Wilmott Dixon as the appointed D&B contractor.
The first sectional completion in September saw the staff room, sixth form areas, fitness suite and changing facilities, drama space and Special Education Needs (SEN) unit handed over. Subsequent sectional completions have delivered a four court Sport England compliant sports hall, music, modern foreign languages teaching space and science labs, along with new WCs and circulation space.
The scheme was complicated by the poor condition of the 1960s built structures and services and the presence of asbestos. Whilst the school remained fully operational throughout, Rob had to schedule and manage a series of decants and moves as facilities were built and occupied.
The school and local authority are delighted to have these much needed additional modern facilities. There are still some further science and teaching spaces to complete, along with external and landscaping works, which will be ready for the new year.