Project: Chestnut Park primary School
Client: London Borough of Croydon
Value: £9.9 million
Services provided: Principal Designer
This first phase of the project comprised of the demolition of the existing NHS building known as the Westways centre. Following this, Willmott Dixon took possession of the site for the construction of the new 3 storey school building. The works were accelerated to allow the school to occupy for September 2016 and the final phase of the works comprising of the external works and the demolition of the adjacent NHS building known as the Crystal centre to make way for the school play area including a multi-use games area. The final phase of the project took place once the school was occupied.
As Principal Designer for the scheme, we coordinated health and safety risks associated with the project and the design. For example, this included the review of the design and particularly any buildability or future access and maintenance issues.
There were construction constraints associated with the site due to the restricted space on site, therefore a building on the adjacent site to the rear of our site area was used for welfare and the boundary fence in this area removed to allow access for the contractor.
There were other project risks to address such as party wall awards, Japanese knotweed, asbestos removal and the coordination of services. In addition due to the school taking occupation prior to all of the works being complete on site, time has been spent with the construction team coordinating segregation, access routes, fire escape strategies and general logistics etc.
The works are currently on site and we are liaising with the design and construction team on the required health and safety file information including information relating to remedial risks that need to be incorporated into the file.
The project was completed ahead of schedule.