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Top of the class at The Corsham School

5th June 2019 |

John Perkins Construction is on site in Corsham, Wiltshire to build a £1m sixth form centre for The Corsham School.

The 28-week project will result in a flexible new space for the sixth formers, with high-quality facilities that will help to enrich this vibrant school.

“Wiltshire is a new geographic area for us, as we continue our steady growth into new parts of the South West and Wales,” comments Rob Yeandle, Managing Director of John Perkins Construction. “It’s great to be part of an exciting opportunity to add value to the school for its students and staff.”

A collaborative process

The construction process is proving to be highly collaborative, with close working between the contractor, the client team and the architect, Alec French Architects, who John Perkins Construction partnered with most recently on the Hutton Moor Leisure Centre project.

In fact, the collaborative process began long before ground was broken on the project.

“The contract resulted from a competitive tender win,” says Rob Yeandle, “but the project faced cost challenges, so we worked with the client team to re-engineer the scheme and create something that provided what the school needed at their target budget of £1m.”

To ensure the project comes in on time and on budget, the John Perkins team is also working with some of its core of trusted subcontractors, including: MJ Patch, Bedrock, Fforest, and Kingscourt Cladding.

Health & Safety challenges

Being onsite at a busy school during term-time presents a barrage of Health & Safety challenges for the John Perkins team. However, working in a live environment is one of the company’s strengths, drawing on experience from projects like the Hutton CE Primary School extension, which netted the Most Considerate Site (£1m–5m category) accolade in 2018.

At The Corsham School, John Perkins Construction is meeting the challenges of a live environment head on, through segregation, restricted delivery times, and close communication with the school’s deputy headteacher and client team.

Due for completion in September, the new sixth form centre promises to be a feather in the cap for The Corsham School and a landmark first build for John Perkins Construction in Wiltshire.

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