St John’s College Construction

We are delighted to share the exciting news of the successful completion of the construction extension project at St John’s College in Cardiff. This project has been a significant milestone for Total Group, showcasing our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional construction services to our esteemed clients in the education sector. Contact us for inquiries or to learn more about our construction services.

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Project details:

Client:  St John’s College

Team:  Total Group

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Cardiff

Project value: £3,400,000

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the construction extension project at St John’s College in Cardiff by Total Group. This project marks another milestone in our commitment to delivering high-quality construction services to our clients in the education sector.

St John’s College, a renowned educational institution, entrusted Total Group with the task of expanding their facilities to accommodate the growing needs of their students and staff. Our team of experienced professionals worked diligently to ensure that the project was completed on time and within budget, while adhering to the highest standards of quality and safety.

The scope of the project included the construction of a new wing that houses state-of-the-art classrooms, laboratories, and administrative offices. The extension seamlessly integrates with the existing building, maintaining the architectural integrity of the college while providing modern facilities for its students and faculty.

Our team worked closely with the college administration to understand their requirements and design a space that would enhance the learning environment. The new wing offers spacious classrooms equipped with the latest technology, creating an optimal setting for effective teaching and learning.

At Total Group, we prioritize the safety of our team members, clients, and the community. Throughout the project, we implemented stringent safety measures to ensure a secure working environment. Our team followed industry best practices and complied with all relevant regulations to mitigate any potential risks.

Additionally, we maintained a strong focus on quality throughout every stage of the construction process. Our experienced project managers and skilled craftsmen worked diligently to deliver a finished product that exceeds our client’s expectations. We conducted regular quality inspections and utilized high-quality materials to ensure the longevity and durability of the new facilities.

As a responsible construction company, we are committed to incorporating sustainable practices into our projects. The extension at St John’s College incorporates energy-efficient systems and materials, reducing the environmental impact of the building. We also implemented waste management strategies to minimize construction waste and promote recycling.

Furthermore, the design of the extension maximizes natural light and ventilation, creating a comfortable and energy-efficient learning environment for the college community.

Client satisfaction is at the core of our business values. Throughout the project, we maintained open lines of communication with the college administration, keeping them informed about the progress and addressing any concerns promptly. Our collaborative approach ensured that the project was tailored to meet their specific needs and preferences.

We are proud to have exceeded our client’s expectations, delivering a high-quality extension that enhances the overall campus and provides a conducive space for learning and growth.

The completion of the construction extension at St John’s College, Cardiff, represents another successful project for Total Group. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of educational institutions, and we remain committed to delivering excellence in every project we undertake.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about our construction services, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you in your future construction endeavors.

The Challenges

Working on a live and constrained school site has many complex challenges including:

  • Controlled delivery times with noise generating activities planned within certain time slots outside of school hours.
  • Restricted access through a one way road system to the school carpark, where the site is located. This needed to be kept accessible for buses, cars and the school to access the gymnasium facilities behind the site.
  • Connection of the gas and water mains required digging up the one way road system, this was planned and delivered during half term.
  • Safeguarding, DBS checks on the management team and contractors are conducted, the movement of contractors is controlled through the Site Manager and a secure site boundary.

Value Engineering

The scheme was in the region of 10% over budget.
We engaged with the Architects Church Lukas to understand the design philosophy and developed a solution that did not require planning approval to meet programme requirements. It was important to maintain the overall design ethos and acoustic performance of the building.
We redesigned the ventilation ducting to a smaller solution which allowed us to reduce the size of the ceiling service voids. This in turn reduced the height of the building and enabled us to reduce the cost of the piling on the complex sloping site.
We also engineered the drainage solution, changing from an underground pumping station to a gravity fed system which saved in the region of £40,000.

A Close and Collaborative Relationship

  • At the start of the project the Site Manager conducted an assembly every morning for a week to the school population discussing the project and in particular, health and safety.
  • To drive the project forward out of hours and weekend working has been in place to push the project on.
  • The site team have worked closely with the Rushcliffe School management team and caretakers to coordinate work and ensure that works that could impact the school were carried out outside of term time. This included the installation of the attenuation tank for the drainage and gas/water main works within the access road.
  • The Caretaker was involved early for advice on future maintenance considerations.
  • Total Regeneration found and employed the site manager who successfully built the previous phase for the school, which was a sixth form block. The client had been very happy with this site manager. Advertised a job opportunity for a site labourer.

Key Achievements

  1. Apprentice Project Manager employed
  2. Engaged and helped give careers in construction advice to A Level student at the Rushcliffe School
  3. Facilitated a publicity generating musical concert on site.
  4. Church Lukas, the appointed Architects, will attend an open day on site with their trainees and assistants.
  5. Work experience placement provided to shadow Site Manager.
  6. Local Spend within 40 miles = 92.35
  7. Local Labour within 40 miles = 82.61%

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We are pleased to announce the successful completion of the construction extension project at St John’s College in Cardiff by Total Group. This project marks another milestone in our commitment to delivering high-quality construction services to our clients in the education sector.


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