Abbey Infant School in Smethwick caters for 270 children aged 5-11 years old. The school urgently required a new building as parts of the existing building had been condemned in places.
The team in our joint venture, Initiative, was required to manage a temporary works design to make the existing school hall safe for use for both school children and staff to use as a dining hall and play facility while demolition was taking place on site.
There were multiple challenges faced by the team including that the building was situated on a restricted site with single vehicular access via a feeder road and landlocked by residential properties on all sides.
We worked closely with the school to future plan any movements of the site boundary and to maintain a secure site at all times, enabling safe movement of staff and students throughout the works.
The pupils were fascinated by the demolition and the subsequent build and in order to make the experience educational for them, we installed perspex windows in the hoarding to allow them to witness all of the action first hand!