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Hutton CE Primary School

At Hutton CE Primary School, John Perkins Construction carried out the £2m+ construction of five new classrooms and refurbishment of two existing classrooms, plus the creation of quality outdoor space, including a performance stage.

The sensitive approach of the John Perkins team while working on the build was rewarded with the 'Most Considerate Site' (£1-5m category) accolade at the 2018 Considerate Constructors Awards. This is the only award in its size bracket to be given out in the UK, and the only South West project to be spotlighted.

Working with Willmott Dixon under Scape Framework for North Somerset Council, the Hutton CE Primary School project was carried out over 47 weeks, and delivered on time and on budget, giving the school's students inspiring new spaces to enjoy both indoors and outdoors.

Even though BREEAM was not required on the new building, the team, including architect The Bush Consultancy, worked together to target BREEAM 'Excellent' standards. A fabric-first approach was applied, to ensure the new building had excellent U values, good airtightness and energy efficient building services.

Air source heat pumps were installed as the primary heat source, with solar PV cells installed on the roof. This has achieved North Somerset Council's target for 10% of the school's predicted energy demand had to be achieved from renewable/low carbon sources.

The project was extremely challenging in terms of Health & Safety, since the school remained in use, and the site has lots of close neighbours. In addition to careful segregation to uphold good site safety and innovative traffic management strategies to reduce congestion, we also strove to give back to the school and the local community.

This included supervised tours of the new extension and construction materials workshops for the school students, plus a whole-school assembly (210 students) on safety, with a visit from Ivor Goodsite, a mascot of the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

What's more, volunteers from John Perkins Construction and subcontractors Bedrock and Optimum repainted and refreshed a local scout hut as part of the community outreach during the project.

“I consider John Perkins Construction to be an organisation committed to providing high quality projects in a collaborative manner. I think the fact that the Hutton CE Primary School project was awarded the Most Considerate Site in the CCS Awards speaks volumes about their success at working in partnership.”

Justin Harvey-Bennett
Strategic Project Manager
North Somerset Council