Project description

The project involves the design and construction of a new building to accommodate 840 additional students at Beal High School in the London Borough of Redbridge.

The popular mixed community school, which caters for pupils aged from 11 to 18, will be expanded from an eight form entry school to a 12 form entry, with the new facility accommodating Key Stage Three students. It will feature general and specialised teaching spaces, a learning resource centre, assembly hall and sports hall and the construction of external hard and soft landscaping.

Morgan Sindall Construction and its design partners DLA Architecture won the contract to design and construct the building after an extensive eight month consultation with the school, and customer the London Borough of Redbridge. The expansion is being managed by Quantem Consulting LLP.

Responsible business



During the first five months of 2013 the project team undertook a range of activities involving the school, subcontractors and stakeholders within the local community. These activities included a visit to site from a local optician, who conducted free eye tests for 21 site operatives.

Morgan Sindall Construction also gave two students at the school the opportunity to gain work experience through the project.



The site incorporates many sustainable features including a recycled wheel wash, dust suppression system and muck and earth re-use which re-uses at least 75 per cent of muck and earth removed from the ground. The site is situated next door to a local community farm whose fields have sunk and the site team came up with the idea of re-using this muck and earth to level out the fields.

As part of Morgan Sindall Construction’s Biodiversity Day initiative a number of activities took place, including a litter picking day and the installation of an insect hotel and bird boxes.

Sustainable facilities onsite include a combined heat and power unit, photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting and self-dimming intelligent lighting.



The project uses Building Information Modelling (BIM), which helps to reduce waste of materials and increase profits through time saved.

All of the mechanical and electrical ducting that runs around the building will be manufactured off site and then brought to the project already cut to size and length. The same applies to the 3,578 m2 of metalwork that will be measured from the BIM model and brought to site ready to be assembled.

Not only will the BIM software reduce the amount of waste from the site and in the case of the two items above will reduce waste to zero, but it will also speed up the installation process of the product which in turn will increase profitability.


Working within a live school environment, which requires a minimum of disruption


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