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Joyce Frankland Academy

New Build School Extension

  • Client
    Essex County Council
  • Contract value
  • Project Manager
    Pick Everard
  • Architect
    Ingleton Wood LLP
  • Programme
    42 Weeks
  • Contract Type
    NEC 3 Option A
  • Sector
  • Project Lead
    Darren McGuire
  • Location
    Saffron Waldon
Joyce Frankland Academy

What did the project involve?

Phelan secured this project through the Essex County Council Construction Framework. All projects on the framework are let under the NEC design and build form of contract, meaning that Phelan was responsible for discharging any planning conditions, as well as completing the design within the client’s budget.

The first phase of the project involved remodelling works within the existing school, including the existing dining area being extended by incorporating the adjacent classroom. As the first phase of work took place within the live school area, the delivery and sectional completion of this was achieved during the summer holidays. This meant Phelan could avoid disruption to the school’s operations.

The second phase of works involved the piling and construction of a new two-storey, stand-alone, steel-framed teaching block with full brick cladding. Prior to work commencing, a full archaeological survey was conducted due to the site sitting in an area of archaeological interest. An archaeological plan was developed to manage this process and care was taken to include this within the phasing plan.

What challenges did the project team face?

Phelan carefully managed the construction process to ensure there was no inconvenience to the school, which remained in occupation throughout the project. This was expertly managed by the Site Manager, Phil Stubbins, who kept the construction activities completely separate from the school buildings. He was in continuous communication with the school’s staff, which helped to maintain excellent relations between Phelan and the client throughout.

What stand-out features did the project boast?

The work provided the school with eight general teaching classrooms with integral storage, a graphics room, and separate male, female and accessible toilet facilities on both floors. In addition, the new building included corridors and circulation space, a cleaner room, IT Server room and a lift.

The overall management and performance was exceptional by Phelans.

Dave Bentley – Academy Site Manager of the School

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