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Stanton Vale School – Roof Refurbishment & Solar Installation


Situation / Context

Stanton Vale School's roof had reached the end of its life, with multiple areas of water ingress throughout the school putting areas out of use due to condition and safety concerns. Eddisons were instructed to complete a defect analysis report of the roof, including carrying out a moisture map, to assess its condition and assist in specifying the remedial works required. We were then appointed to specify and tender the works via a single stage selective tender process, before acting as Contract Administrator and Principal Designer to see the project through to completion.

Customer’s needs

Due to water ingress in multiple areas of the school creating ongoing hazards and requiring areas to be restricted from use, the client requested a Roof Conditions Survey, to ascertain how widespread the issues were and what works were required to resolve the problem.

The client was interested in saving money in the long-term through improving the building. Improvement works for a more sustainable future were recommended as cost-saving initiatives, potentially reducing running costs, as well as saving projected energy and maintenance costs. This was done via energy-efficient insulation and roofing materials, as well as the benefits of an at-source supply of renewable energy.

Eddisons’ approach

Eddisons liaised with the key stakeholders to understand the needs and requirements of the school, its staff, pupils, and those in the surrounding community who would be affected by these works.

Eddisons performed the Survey and suggested how the school could tackle the issues highlighted in the survey. Considering the current state of the roof as well as the schools’ energy efficiency and sustainability requirements, Stanton Vale appointed Eddisons to assist in gaining funding for the necessary works, alongside works to improve the life of the building.

Eddisons were appointed as Contract Administrator to specify and designate the tender, as well as oversee the works. We were also appointed as Principal Designer and Health & Safety Advisor for the construction project itself, which included refurbishment of the roof to ensure the buildings longevity and the installation of Solar Panels to safeguard the school’s ability to sufficiently self-sustain.

As the school caters to those with special educational needs, including pupils who are highly sensitive to light and noise, additional considerations were essential during the pre-construction design and planning phases. Works were synchronised with the school’s timetable, so that where needed these sensitive areas were zoned off and the audible repair works were completed during holiday periods, when pupils were absent.


To further benefit the academy and assist in reducing their carbon footprint a solar array was also installed, utilising the existing scaffold and site welfare which enabled the works to benefit from a real terms cost saving should the install have been completed separately.

Value Added

As the works were combined and completed in a consecutive sequence, contractors were able to utilise the existing welfare facilities and scaffolding in situ from the roof refurbishment for the solar panel installation, providing a real-time cost-saving benefit.

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