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Client

The Harvey Grammar School

Location

Folkestone

Sector

Education
Hotel & Leisure

Services

Clerk of Works
Employer's Agent
Quantity Surveying

Value

£2M

The Harvey Grammar School based in Folkestone, Kent has recently occupied its new sports building. The school, which accommodates for over 900 pupils and was founded in 1674, has had several developments over the last few years.

The most recent scheme has been to demolish, refurbish and construct a new building for their sports department. The existing gymnasium and changing rooms were built in the 1920s, and were in very poor condition, and needed to be replaced. Therefore, a new extension to the existing sports hall has been built.

The brand-new extension is a two-storey building including a gymnasium, fitness studio and four changing rooms. Two classroom spaces and offices for the P.E department have also been provided. The gymnasium is predominately used for badminton, basketball, table tennis, dodgeball and 5-a-side football. These facilities will help students develop further in their sporting achievements.

The fitness studio located upstairs in the new extension is fully equipped with spin bikes, punch bags, weights, power ropes and a full mirrored wall.

Other works in the scheme included relocating the bin stores and adding auditorium style steps to access the sports facilities. The new steps also provide additional outdoor space for pupils to use during their breaks.

Our role.

We were appointed Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors on the scheme from conception. Our initial role was to assist in successfully gaining funding through the ESFA’s CIF programme (Capital Improvement Fund). This included cost plans, programmes, tender process and bid writing. In total, Betteridge & Milsom have been instrumental in helping several Academies win over £20 million in CIF funding throughout recent years.

We ran a Design & Build procurement process and had several engagement meetings with the school to ensure that we captured their requirements fully. This was extremely beneficial and appreciated by the school. We discussed logistics with the school, which resulted in adjustments to the building layouts. This resulted in the best possible outcome for the scheme.

Challenges.

Throughout the construction process, we had to be very conscious with timings due to some works having to take place during term times, where the students were in close proximity to the site.

To ensure the works did not affect the students we had to provide temporary changing rooms in the old gymnasium, once the original changing rooms were demolished. We also provided temporary paths to the sports hall to ensure students could still access the facilities throughout the project.

Additionally, deliveries to the site were challenging, due to the works being in the centre of the school’s campus, but with considered planning we were able to mitigate this.

Collaborative working.

Our relationship with The Harvey Grammar School started with a CIF funded toilet refurbishment project, followed by a multi-classroom building in 2015. The sports development provides a fantastic asset for the school and we are now working with them on their 6th Form Centre bid, which has recently obtained planning.

Project team.

  • Architect

    OSG Architects

  • Structural Engineers

    Considine

  • Contractor

    Abbott Construction