The Challenge:

The Heights Primary school opened its doors on a temporary site in 2014. In winter 2020, Kier were appointed by the Department for Education to construct a two-storey building that would accommodate the need for a local school in the Caversham Heights and Mapledurham community.

The project is situated on a green-field site in a densely populated residential area. Throughout the project build, the site team had to carefully plan transport logistics as it related to resident parking/traffic. The team also put mitigation measures in place to reduce the impact of the works on the environment and local community. Before commencing the development, the project team discovered that the ground conditions beneath the proposed footprint of the school had fissures which had to be treated before work could commence.

The Solution:

As the site is based in a densely populated residential area, the team put mitigation measures in place to monitor the noise and vibration to ensure that the works on site were kept within appropriate levels. The team also added acoustic fencing quilts and secured them to the site hoardings. They also worked with supply chain partners to complete some of their work offsite i.e., all SFS were cut offsite to reduce noise pollution in the local area.

The Impact:

The new development now caters for 350 pupils aged 4-11 years old and includes classrooms, a sports hall, an activity studio, and a multi-use games area (MUGA). The building also features a photovoltaic array located on the roof which enables the school to utilise renewable energy and cut down on carbon emissions.

Kier provided a range or training and upskilling sessions for the local site and supply chain teams throughout the duration of the project. Six jobs were also created. In addition, the team donated labour and material resources to refurbish the viewers benches at Caversham Bowles Club located nearby.

" We are delighted to have moved into our purpose-built school, after seven years on a temporary site. The building has a contemporary look and feel, both inside and out, with neutral tones and colours which deliver our aim of creating a calm learning and working environment for all. Our spacious classrooms, multi-purpose Hall, Activity Studio and MUGA all offer wonderful opportunities for the children to engage in an impressive range of curricular and extra-curricular activities and experiences. "
Karen Edwards Headteacher The Heights Primary School

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