The Challenge:

Completing a steel-framed, 1,200 place secondary school to a high standard by May, to enable the school to prepare to open its doors to students in the September. Constructing on a development with other contractors live on housing projects was another challenge that the team faced.

Aureus Secondary School was the second project we completed on the Great Western Park development in Didcot, following the success of UTC Oxfordshire.

The Solution:

With a tight deadline to meet, the team focussed on communication and collaboration with sub-contractors, the housing contractors and the local community.

Weekly programme meetings gave them an opportunity to monitor progress and plan ahead with the site team and sub-contractors, resolving any issues efficiently and quickly. The site management team established and maintained strong relationships with the housing contractors and the local community, regularly attending meetings and working closely with the housing contractors to ensure all deliveries were carefully planned and scheduled to the required time slots.

The Impact:

The new school successfully opened its doors to students in September 2018 and now offers a high-quality secondary school to accommodate the need for educational facilities on the Great Western Park estate. The team regularly review the work throughout the project to ensure the client received the best results, the students and staff are now taking advantage of some amazing facilities.

As well as general teaching classrooms and science laboratories there are extensive sport facilities including two football pitches, a rugby pitch, a running track, hockey pitches and an outdoor play area.

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