This multi-phase project upgraded teaching and communal facilities at King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls in Birmingham to support the expansion of pupil numbers, improve outdated areas of the school and improve the teaching and learning experience. The works delivered enhanced gym equipment and changing rooms, an entirely new kitchen and dining area, new teaching spaces and the refurbishment of two classrooms.
The client required the project to be completed by a specific date, on budget and with as little noise and disruption as possible to the live teaching environment. Construction was split into three different phases to achieve various elements of the development to these specific requirements.
Phase One saw the partial demolition of the existing gymnasium block and the construction of new facilities including new glazed curtain walling in the existing gym across both storeys. A new-build extension provided a brand-new 415 sq. ft. dining room and kitchen with new mechanical and electrical works, changing rooms, plant and storage space at ground floor, and a multi-gym on the first floor.
During Phase Two the old kitchen and dining area were remodelled into modern Design Technology teaching facilities, and work was carried out to enhance and repair the existing floors and the roof.
Phase Three comprised the complete refurbishment of two existing technology classrooms to provide the best resources possible for the teachers and pupils.
Throughout, Seddon maintained robust communication with the client and varied stakeholders to build strong, trusting and honest relationships, allowing challenges to be discussed and resolved. Elements of the works were undertaken on nights and weekends in order to minimise the appearance and impact of our works to the overall student experience, for example by avoiding noisy works around exam times and avoiding M&E shutdowns during teaching hours. Restricted delivery times had to be maintained as the school is within a very congested area of the city.