ST AUGUSTINE’S PRIMARY SCHOOL
Project: New classroom block
Client: Roman Catholic Diocese of East Anglia
Services provided: Quantity Surveying
Contract value: £754k
St. Augustine’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Costessy, dates back to the 1820s, with the original school rooms contained within the much extended present school building.
With demand for places at St Augustine’s continuing to grow, the client wished to increase classroom provision, without adversely impacting the valuable outside playspace on this restricted site.
The new classroom block, designed to make the best use of available space and to be as unobtrusive as possible, was set well into the steeply sloped site adjacent to the school playing field and existing buildings. The new block has a living roof which merges seamlessly into the school playing field ensuring the the open space feel of this area is maintained.
As 2/3rds of the new block is surrounded by soil, the external walls and substructure required extensive heavy waterproofing. Entry to the site was severely restricted as the only available delivery route was a narrow access road, unsuitable for larger vehicles. This was particularly challenging in view of the significant volume of excavated material that had to be removed from the site for disposal.
DCP adopted a two stage tender process. This enabled the early appointment of the contractor which ensured that all the potential challenges on the project were fully understood and could be designed out, where possible, in timely fashion, preventing undue delay and disruption.
The new classroom block was opened and blessed by the Bishop of East Anglia, The Right Reverend Alan Hopes.