The Challenge:

From a social sustainability perspective, it was important to the project team and the client that we gave back to the local community during the works, so that we could leave a lasting positive legacy long after we had handed the project over.

From an environmental perspective, it was also important that the project was delivered to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. The building needed to reduce carbon emissions, energy consumption and waste, as well as reduce recurrent costs for the client. 

The Solution:

To reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption, we included our supply chain partners WYG to carry out a design stage BREEAM assessment. This ensured we maximised the opportunity of all credits available. Throughout the process, our design manager Paul Marsh managed the process through the use of our BREEAM tracker, ensuring credits were secured in accordance with the BREEAM timeline.

To reduce waste we developed a cut and fill strategy to optimise the ground levels, resulting in the ground floor of the new building being higher than the original secondary school. This alleviated any possibility of flooding whilst at the same time reducing the waste to landfill.

This project contributed to the regeneration of Rhyl, and so, we wanted to ensure the pupils were proud of their new school and the community could benefit from the build. We worked with organisations that supported the unemployed and were able to match opportunities with candidates and the local supply chain. Students form Rhyl College gained practical experience on site and we worked with Denbighshire voluntary services and local charities to support the most vulnerable in the community. We were also thrilled to be chosen as the Open Doors Week launch site in Wales.

The Impact:

The impact of this project included: 

  • BREEAM Excellent rating
  • 93% reduction of waste to landfill
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions
  • £18.3m Social Value Return on Investment
  • 20 new jobs created
  • 22 new and sustained apprentices
  • 40% of workforce travelling less than 10-miles
  • 83% spend within a 30-mile radius, 98% with SMEs
" Kier delivered a new 'all through School for 3 to 16 year olds' that was constructed safely, on time, within budget and to the very highest standard. We are delighted with our new school, which is an excellence example of a collaborative team approach. "
Sion Evans Denbighshire County Counci

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