Witham St. Hughs Academy

Total Group is a leading construction company that specialises in delivering complex new build extensions and alterations. We recently completed a construction project at St. Hughs Academy, where we successfully expanded and enhanced their facilities. Our team of skilled professionals ensured that the project was completed to the highest standards, meeting the evolving needs of the students and staff. We prioritise quality and safety, adhering to the highest industry standards and implementing comprehensive safety protocols. With our collaborative approach, we work closely with our clients to understand their unique requirements and deliver tailored solutions

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Project details:

Client:  Lincolnshire County Council 

Team:  Total Group

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Witham St. Hughs, Lincolnshire

Project value: £1,000,000

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

We are thrilled to announce the successful completion of the construction project at St. Hughs Academy. Total Group, a leading construction company, has once again demonstrated its expertise in delivering complex new build extensions and alterations.

Working within a live site in a new residential area, we undertook the construction of a predominantly timber framed extension to the existing school. The extension was added to provide additional classroom space (an additional 90 places) and a staffroom for the OFSTED outstanding rated academy.

The project was procured through the empa ii Framework which has a core focus on collaboration.

The new alterations complement the academy’s design to be child friendly with a variety of colours, textures and shapes used in the design. The windows have been positioned to make the most of the surrounding views and are set at appropriate heights for the children.

Our site manager also carried out regular walk-throughs of the site when it was nearing completion with both the head teacher, and teachers who would be using the classrooms, to ensure that fixtures such as white boards and notice boards were placed where they wanted for their classroom set-up.

Meeting the Needs of Witham St. Hughs Academy

Witham St. Hughs Academy had a vision to expand and enhance their facilities to accommodate the growing needs of their students. Total Group was entrusted with the task of turning this vision into a reality. Our team of skilled professionals worked tirelessly to ensure that the project was completed to the highest standards.

Delivering a Complex New Build Extension

The centerpiece of the project was the construction of a state-of-the-art new build extension. This extension not only provided additional classrooms but also incorporated modern design elements to create a stimulating learning environment. Our team meticulously planned and executed every aspect of the construction process, from the foundation to the finishing touches.

Alterations for Improved Functionality

In addition to the new build extension, Total Group also carried out alterations to the existing facilities of St. Hughs Academy. These alterations were aimed at improving the functionality and flow of the school, ensuring that it could cater to the evolving needs of the students and staff.

Commitment to Quality and Safety

This was an incredibly complex site, due to the narrow entrance and access restrictions, timber frames had to be lifted on to the site via a crane from a flatbed trailer parked outside of the site. No plant moved through the school at any time for safety of staff and students.

The site had just one entrance which is very narrow, meaning logistics could be challenging for large items being delivered.

Due to access restrictions, one of the biggest concrete pumps in the UK had to be brought up all the way from Heathrow by Total Groundworks. The concrete pump was then set up in the playground outside of school hours, in order to pump concrete over the roof of the school for the pour of the floors.

As the school was still active, the team scheduled works with heavy machinery to take place during half-terms, evenings and weekends to minimise disruption. A full time gatesman was employed whenever mud or concrete were being carted into/out of site during school hours to ensure none of the children wandered in to the site.

The site was fenced off with the appropriate signage displayed, Health & Safety procedures were strictly adhered to, all site warning, health & safety signs were well displayed, waste management procedures were put in place by means of separating materials that could be recycled or used elsewhere within the project, limiting overall waste from the site.

A Collaborative Approach

One of the keys to our success at Total Group is our collaborative approach. We believe in working closely with our clients to understand their unique requirements and deliver tailored solutions. Throughout the construction of St. Hughs Academy, we maintained open lines of communication with the school administration, ensuring that their vision was realised at every step.

Project Conclusion

The completion of the construction project at St. Hughs Academy marks another milestone in Total Group’s commitment to excellence. We are proud to have played a role in enhancing the educational facilities for the students and staff of Witham St. Hughs Academy. Our team’s dedication, expertise, and collaborative approach have once again delivered outstanding results.

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