2019 Constructing Excellence Awards North West Winner - Sub-regional Project of the Year Award - Cheshire, Warrington & Wirral

The Challenge:

The project incorporated a blend of traditional and innovative products and design solutions to create a new-build, two-storey, 420-place primary school and 26-place nursery with associated external landscaping works. This school replaced the original one-form entry Huntington Primary School on another site and includes associated hard and soft landscaped areas, car parking and drop off, attenuation pond and Sport England compliant pitch for community use.

As part of this project we worked very closely with the client team to challenge the original design control option to provide overall savings, whilst also incorporating more robust features into the project, ensuring a quality end product.

The Solution:

To reduce surface water run-off, we incorporated various SUDS approaches including permeable car parking bays; attenuation cells and the main attenuation pond. Due to overall site levels and highways safety considerations, we also developed a pumped foul drainage system and provided detailed drainage reports and calculations. A solution was developed with early specialist input, and the control panel and chamber positioned adjacent to the drop-off area for easy maintenance. This alleviated concerns of local residents, who had experienced drainage problems as a result of previous local residential construction projects.

The Kier team took ownership of the design with immediate effect and developed a comprehensive Value Engineering schedule that was reviewed and agreed with Cheshire West & Chester Council (CWaC) and the school, resulting in a revised scheme that maintained the same building footprint and incorporated minor changes to the room layouts, to address end user requirements and provide a compliant solution. A detailed project value engineering schedule was developed collaboratively that resulted in circa £300k of savings.

The Impact:

On the post completion customer satisfaction survey the project team achieved a 100% score on all 12 categories.
The project generated in excess of £3.6m of social value, including:

• 98 Apprentice weeks (target 84)
• 4 jobs created (target 3)
• 12 training weeks (target 12)
• 16 unemployed local residents supported in achieving CSCS qualification
• 5 work placements (target 3)
• 6 Community / Volunteering Activities
• 2 students supported through Construction Management BSc degree/ 1 student through Construction Management Foundation Degree
• 7 education/ curriculum support activities (target 3)
• 2 pre-employment programmes (no target)
• Local spend 72% (target 50%)
• Local labour 67% (target 50%)
• 96% of waste was diverted from landfill
• Upskilled supply chain - the local roofing subcontractor, previously unaware of the benefits of BIM, fully supported the approach and subsequently trained all members of staff for use on future projects.

Close to the site was Jubilee Fields, an underutilised resource for the community. The Kier team refurbished the car park and replaced the gates, enabling local residents to park safely and utilise the outdoor space.

" It is wonderful to see the new school open to Huntington pupils, following a very positive partnership between the council, the school and the staff of Kier. We are sure that the fantastic facilities provided will be appreciated by the whole community for years to come "
Duncan Rose Headteacher Huntington Community Primary School

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