Safety is our primary aim. We also desire to achieve the highest levels of customer satisfaction by minimising the impact of improvement works.
At Horbury School in Wakefield, we have designed a new 1000-pupil school and managed its construction. This was a phased project, with sections of the old school being progressively demolished as pupils were able to move into the new buildings.
The old buildings were predominantly pre-fabricated, constructed in the 1950s and 60s. Our thorough asbestos surveys showed that asbestos materials were present throughout the site. Working closely with the school, construction managers, demolition contractors, and asbestos removal contractors, we created a three-phase programme of demolition. It included relocating pupils as smoothly as possible, while maintaining their safety at all times.
The goal of minimising disruption was dependant upon a series of strict deadlines being met. Our project managers worked tirelessly to generate the transparency, communication, and co-ordination among stakeholders that would enable the goal to be achieved. They were entirely successful — all the deadlines were met and the asbestos was removed and disposed of safely.
Our success reflected the way our people understand our core values of integrity, excellence, and ambition. They were able to act as an independent and impartial driving force to enable the plan to be delivered.