Education & Local Councils Case Study - LB Merton and Sutton framework

Gee completed a project for the London Borough of Merton and Sutton framework.  The whole project had various elements to it, and was valued at £5 million, over a 5 year period.

One element of the project was a single storey classroom extension for Beddington Park Primary School.  This had to built to a BREEAM rating of “very good”.  The school is completely land locked which provided no access to the building site other than via the main school gates, down the side of the school and through the play area.  The works and access were hoarded off, except at the front gate where a banksman managed the timing of deliveries and site access. These were organised outside of school pick up times to reduce congestion and the possibility of accidents.  We were able to complete the works to the Clients budget and ahead of time with no health and safety incidents or near misses at all.

At tender stage in collaboration with the design team a VE (Value Engineering) exercise was undertaken to optimise the design and the specifications.

Examples include replacement of metsec system with block/brickworks, rationalising of services installations, optimising curtain walling, doors and flooring.  As a result, a saving of approximately £300k was generated.  During the construction phase, further value engineering exercises were carried out.  For example, replacing bespoke coping stones with aluminium flashings; optimising the scope of the brick/block work; and service routes. This generated further savings, enabling the Client to invest in other areas.

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