St John’s Primary School project was a £1.2M refurbishment scheme. Encompassing the underpinning, Helifix, renovation, refurbishment and retrofitting to an old 1800’s school; including asbestos removal and mechanical & electrical re-design and improving the schools thermos efficiency.
The school was balancing on the top of a hill in Redhill, in desperate need of stabilisation works. The scope of works was defined by Surrey County Council’s Property Team and they developed the specification that encompassed all the required restoration works following a few years of monitoring and getting the relevant permissions in place.
In September 2017 Surrey County Council granted planning permission for the works. The project was fully funded by Surrey County Council and their Property Team acted as Project Manager responsible for the design, contract management and cost control of the Contract.
Following a competitive tender exercise by Surrey County Council Walker Construction were appointed as the Principal Contractor in October 2017 and it was realised that this would be a very special project indeed. Located in a conservation area, situated on common land and was of local historical interest. The impact of the works to the local community was going to be significant.
In 1845, St John’s School was built to accommodate 100 girls, 100 boys and 100 infants. It was funded by the church committee of St John the Evangelist and cost a total of £1064. 172 years later, In the October of 2017 the Walker team started on site to complete £1.2M worth of works. Completing one week before deadline on the 21st September 2018 – over the 48 weeks the team provided value engineering options which not only saved the client money, but also improved the energy efficiency of the building too.
The school’s Head Teacher comments: “‘Our long awaited refurbishment project has been completed to a very high standard by Walker Construction and we are delighted with the results. The children now have a super learning environment after years of working in a damp, cold and subsiding building. We found the Walker’s team very easy to work with; they always let us know what was happening, allowed us to visit the site regularly and generally made the yearlong project easy for us to manage.”
The school and governors held an opening ceremony for the new building, inviting students past and present, along with previous head teachers, representatives from Surrey County Council and residents from the village. School children presented their thank you cards, and sang their very own song to pay tribute to the Construction.
Surrey County Council commented: "Walkers carried out the works in a collaborative manner engaging with the school and community to deliver the high standards specified."