CIF Application, Design Work and Project Management Helped Provide a Safe and Warm Environment for Students.Ian Harrington
Following contact by the academy, Eddisons were instructed by the academy to apply for Condition Improvement Funding (CIF) to replace the dilapidated modular building currently utilised as a classroom.
On inspection, it was clear that the modular building had come to the end of its useful life with rotten timber cladding, thermally inefficient single glazed windows and failed roof covering resulting in water ingress into electrics internally making the building a health and safety concern for students and staff.
It was also found that the accessibility of the unit was non-compliant with the Equality Act 2010 as it did not provide sufficient access to allow those non-ambulant people to enter the building.
In addition, the fire alarm provision was not suitable for the application and did not link to the main school alarm, meaning staff had to inform those in the modular building of a fire in the school creating a health and safety risk. The lack of a thermally efficient building envelope was resulting in large annual heating costs which with the introduction of a new modular building would be significantly reduced freeing up monies which the academy could spend on other items.
The academy was concerned about the integrity of the modular building and the well-being of the pupils and staff who utilised the teaching space however they did not hold the capital required to replace the building with new.
Eddisons successfully secured circa £150k to fund the works as the result of a CIF Bid submitted to the ESFA. Due to the success of Eddisons in securing the funding required the academy were happy to appoint Eddisons Building & project Consultancy team to run the management of the project.
The appointment entailed undertaking the role of Principal Designer under the CDM Regulations 2015 and Contract Administrator. The works entailed the demolition and removal of the existing dilapidated modular building including the removal of the existing redundant gas supply and safe delivery and install of a new modular building including WC, kitchen and classroom facility.
Eddisons undertook a large proportion of the design work upfront as part of the bid submission process, including undertaking a defect analysis report on the existing modular building and analysis and design of a new modular unit to meet the schools requirements.
This information allowed the ESFA to make an informed decision on the scheme in addition to allowing a reduced pre-construction phase resulting in a project delivery at the start of the new school year.
The project was scheduled for a 6 week construction period and was completed over the summer holidays resulting in no disruption to the academies curriculum or day to day activities, in addition to alleviating the health and safety risk associated with undertaking construction works in term time.
The project was delivered on budget and included re-landscaping the land around the modular building to suit the new position. The new modular unit has allowed the school to provide a safe and warm teaching environment for pupils over the next 30 years.