Project description

As part of a scheme to provide additional teaching space, we refurbished and changed the layout of an old vicarage adjacent to St. Barnabas School to provide two additional large classrooms, two smaller multi-purpose class / meeting rooms and a Head Teacher’s room. The school’s ICT system was upgraded as part of this phase.

The second phase of the project consisted of a new extension to link the vicarage to the existing school, and the transformation of the old school hall into a foundation area for younger children, and a food technology area for use by all pupils. The hall has a ‘green roof’, which can be used for teaching and other activities, and features a lift for disabled access.

Phase three of the project was carried out during the school’s summer term and included some minor demolition work to enable the formation of a new disabled toilet and cloakroom within the existing school, and new fencing and gates at the rear of the school. Landscaping work completed the project, forming areas of raised planters for growing flowers and vegetables to provide a further learning area for the children.
As the project was surrounded by live teaching areas, we had to be aware of noise and other factors which could affect the day-to-day running of the school. Work which could not be carried out during school hours was scheduled to be completed either before or after school or at weekends.

Responsible business



50 per cent of the workforce was based within a 20 mile radius of the site.



We recycled 97 per cent of site waste, which included diverting more than eight tonnes of non-hazardous waste from landfill.

To highlight the issues of waste Morgan Sindall Construction facilitated a talk from waste management company ‘Wastecycle’ with the school’s pupils. A group of school ‘eco-warriors’ agreed with their caretaker that they would take our waste paper and cardboard for recycling, and in return the school used our skip for all other non-hazardous waste.


It was important that the day-to-day running of the school was not affected by the project. To ensure this, a significant amount of work was carried out at weekends or before / after the school day.


“We were very pleased with the relationships that we built with the project team over the period of the build, which helped to keep any disruption to a minimum. This was very useful during the first half of the summer term, when some of our children were taking their SATs exams in classrooms near the site. We provided the team with an exam timetable and the site manager ensured that noise and deliveries were kept to a minimum.”

Jo Coombe
Business Manager, St. Barnabas School