The Challenge:

Alperton Community School is a local authority maintained school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16 (years 7-11). The school was selected for redevelopment through the Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) to increase capacity from 750 pupils to 1700.

The Solution:

Kier has worked closely with the school’s staff, technical and design advisers, and representatives of Brent Council during the design phase. Once on site, the project was split into two phases:

Phase 1 began with the demolition of the existing hall and library building, then the construction of a four storey building containing the main hall, kitchen and dining room, music classrooms, food technology spaces, science laboratories, design technology, general class rooms and administration areas.

Phase 2 involved the demolition of the remaining original school building and the construction of 35 general classrooms, 2 activity studios, 2 drama studios, a sports hall & changing facilities, new hard and soft landscaping, including outdoor learning areas and car parking.

The Impact:

The project was completed in May 2018, ready for the 2018/19 academic year.

Community engagement has been key throughout the project, as we actively engaged with local people, community groups, school staff and pupils. Some of the initiatives we implemented throughout phase 1 and 2 included:

• Introduction to Construction days, to give students in years 5&6 a chance to come and see what we do.
• Holding presentations and regular updates for the school teachers and students.
• Monthly “Activity Posters” which highlight what work is going on at that time
• Construction Days, where the public are invited to come and see what happening on site

In May 2019, our work at Alperton Community School was recognised at the LABC London Awards, where it took first place in the ‘Best Educational Building’ category.

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