Sewell Construction took over from a previous contractor to complete work on a three-storey link building at Greenhead College in Huddersfield.
The college, which specialises in A-Level studies for 16-19-year-olds, has been improving and expanding its facilities over a number of years to ensure it continues to provide an attractive offer to school leavers. It has eight main buildings which are all internally linked.
As part of these ongoing improvements, a new link building was partially built by the previous contractor but not completed. The steel frame was in place and some internal walls had been built, but the building was not watertight.
We were asked to complete the building in a £1.3m project, which replaces the existing tennis courts to provide additional classrooms, a new library and an exam hall.
As some of the work had already been completed, we were keen to work with the previous supply chain based on their extensive knowledge of the project and had early engagement with them.
They’d had early engagement with the architect and knew the level of design and detail required.
There were various challenges to overcome based on the original contractor’s methods of working.
Environmental considerations were also part of the development phase, including underfloor heating, high spec curtain walling, energy efficient lights and sensor controls fitted.
We also planned ‘tool box talks’ at least once a week to share knowledge and best practice.
The primary considerations and priorities when we arrived on site was ensure the building was wind and watertight so we could begin to dry it out, as it had stood empty for about six months.
The walls were part-built and plaster boarding, doors, skirting and roofing were also key milestones.
Daily site meetings were held with the team, alongside weekly meetings with the contractors and supply chain, and fortnightly meetings with the client.
About 95% of waste went to landfill.
The project was delivered on time, on budget and with zero accidents and defects.
A local supply chain was used where possible, supporting the local economy.