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This £28m school was awarded to Skanska in 2008 by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Market segment: Higher education
Constructing the projectSkanska drew upon the in-house skills of its Construction, Mechanical and Electrical installations, Structural Design and Piling expertise to put together a team to deliver the design and construction of the new school, which covers an area of approximately 11,000 square metres and accommodates around 1300 students from years 7-13 (11-18 year olds). In addition, the new facility provides specialists Catering and Motor Mechanics facilities as well as provision for Adult Education.
Under the contract, Skanska was responsible for external works, drainage, external services, ICT infrastructure and Furniture Fixtures and Equipment, as well as some refurbishment works to retained buildings within the existing school site.
The award of this project, a pathfinder for Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, under the Building Schools for the Future programme, signified an important milestone for Skanska and its client who had been working together under an advance works agreement to develop the scheme and establish temporary accommodation to make way for the new school.
Community interactionEnvironmental solutions and sustainability are at the heart of Skanska's approach to this project. Robust site control measures were applied to mitigate construction impacts on the existing school, which was fully operational whilst construction of the new school was underway, and the surrounding community.
Other solutions include the installation of biomass boilers to enhance energy efficiency and the reuse of materials from existing buildings on the site.