London Borough of Bexley appointed our team for a complex project to simultaneously expand two neighbouring primary schools, Haberdasher’s Aske’s Crayford Academy and Slade Green Primary School, and build the new Howbury Community Centre on an adjacent brownfield site. The project required an intricate sequence of demolitions, extensions and refurbishment work, which we undertook while both schools were in occupation. At the same time Redrow Homes were building a large number of houses around the project. The two schemes shared access, so we worked closely with Redrow to coordinate activities.
We carefully sequenced the works to maintain access and building services to occupied areas. Value engineering workshops with the client and contractors enabled us to review areas for savings without affecting the design integrity. We also held risk workshops, which proved of particular benefit when one contractor went into administration.
The new buildings are highly sustainable and energy efficient and are vibrant and modern contributions to the Slade Green area.
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.