Enhancing communities
Improving the environment
Working Together

Project description

As part of the Suffolk County Council framework we were selected to expand and refurbish the existing secondary school to cope with the increased capacity for the new 2016 academic year.

The school’s media centre was doubled in size, with extensions at either end of the building. The changes to the single-storey structure, which features a curved profile roof, accommodate the increased demand for information and communication technology at the school.

Morgan Sindall Construction also upgraded the school’s administration building and conference centre located within the main campus installing steelwork and removing an internal wall to maximise floor space. The conference centre also underwent major internal refurbishments including the addition of a kitchen. The mechanical and electrical components of all three buildings were upgraded to create a more energy efficient space.

Responsible business

Enhancing communities

Enhancing communities

School involvement was a huge part of the project and the team went the extra mile to engage the pupils. This included regular site tours for the engineering and technology students to learn about the build as it progressed.

In order to help bridge skill gaps the team also hosted two work experience placements – one from King Edward VI School, and one from West Suffolk College.

Across the duration of the project, we averaged two apprentices.
Improving the environment

Improving the environment

Signage was used to show students our environmental targets to help showcase responsible business. Throughout the project 98.9% of all waste was recycled and across 22,356 hours worked, we had an average of 25.7% of these worked by local people.

Our green travel plans were implemented throughout the scheme and ensured 21,209 shared miles on travel to the project.
Working together with our supply chain

Working together with our supply chain

At an early stage in the project, we worked closely with Concertus to agree value engineered changes to the scheme.

This included looking at different solutions to the car park, hard standing and plant room areas.


This project was due to take place right at the heart of the campus, and across the crucial GCSE exam period. By working closely with the school facilities manager and business manager, the team planned schedules for work around the exam calendar – this included complete standdown times during every exam so that pupils could undertake their works in silence.

Working across a number of phased areas in the school meant that careful planning was needed to schedule the works, whilst ensuring business as usual for the school. Through lean planning and collaborative working, the team ensured the project was delivered on time, in budget and scored a 10 out of 10 for customer satisfaction on handover.


"From our point of view it was flawless, hassle free, and everything was taken care of. They were just so on it - they thought of things before we thought of them, and planning ahead was fantastic – we were kept involved with a phasing schedule so we could work around it, and it was just all so slick."

Maggie Shaw, Facilities Manager
King Edward VI School