A £30m redevelopment project which encompassed three schools in London.
London Borough of Camden
This project was an extensive redevelopment split over three schools within the one campus, each with their own design requirements. The works to Parliament Hill Girls School largely consisted of a new build to provide replacement accommodation, allowing the existing 1960s buildings to be demolished.
The existing Victorian building was upgraded to meet current standards. The William Ellis Boys School had areas of refurbishment and new build, including the enclosure of a large courtyard to provide covered external space. The LA Swap Sixth Form was a single storey new build to the frontage with Highgate Road. The scheme is located within a largely residential area with high sustainability targets to meet for new build performance and local employment opportunities.
“Farrans was appointed by Camden to carry out a major rebuild and refurbishment project for our school. The refurbishment of our multipurpose hall has transformed the area. The new build of a 2-court sports hall and 3 storey building including laboratories has been very successful. At all times we felt we had excellent relationships with the staff. They understood we were a working school and were very attentive to safeguarding and issues such as exams. Wherever they could, they responded quickly and positively to our requests.”
Gill Wilson, Parliament Hill School
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With our expertise in the education sector we adapted our working practices to ensure a business as usual approach for the schools.
Construction works were completed during term time and during exam time so we installed acoustic screens to the exam hall and planned our works to minimise noise at critical times.
Our steel frame construction did not use pneumatic torque wrenches during exam times; excavation works where programmed so that they were completed at furthest away location to exam hall; All breaking/cutting works were suspended during exam times and regular meetings were held with our clients.