Pontrhydfendigaid Primary School
Client: Ceredigion County Council
Works: Alterations & Refurbishment
Project value: £735k
LEB Construction extended the existing school building to accommodate three new flexible classroom spaces and a new wet heating system was installed, along with the construction of a new plant room.
What we did:
The work had to be carefully planned around term times to minimise disruption, so the project was delivered in phases, with the break-through to existing classrooms carried out during the school holidays.
During the prestart surveys, we identified a risk of the boundary stone wall becoming compromised due to the weight of construction vehicles. Two other routes explored to facilitate deliveries were not feasible so we strengthened the retaining wall allowing us to use the original access route.
Also identified early were unforeseen problems with rot and damp which were addressed.
The biggest challenge was the closure of the site for five weeks due to the COVID-19. Despite this set-back, we were able to recover the delay, incorporating additional works and completing the project by the original completion date. This was achieved by re-planning the project and working overtime.
Using value engineering techniques, we were able to save over £50K from the original contract value of £735K.
What the client says:
“All parties worked together collaboratively to get this project delivered on time. With pupils being out of school for so long in lockdown, it wasn’t an option to delay completion. Luckily, LEB Construction pulled out all the stops and went the extra mile to ensure we could open the school gates in September.
“We found LEB’s use of technology really supported this process through COVID-19. ProCall allowed us to remotely view progress on site each day and resolve any queries quickly and efficiently.
“LEB did a great job and were completely committed, they worked long hours and weekends to ensure the project was handed over on time, without compromising the quality of the finish.”
Allan Bailey RIBA, Property Services, Programme Manager, Ceredigion County Council