Millfield First School, Buntingford, Hertfordshire
Client: Hertfordshire County Council (Millfield First School)
Architect: ADP Architecture
Main Contractor: T&B Contractors
Situated in the village of Buntingford, this primary school development provided two extensions to different classrooms within the school. The new buildings have made a real difference to the classroom environment at Millfield First School. The children were really proud of their spacious learning facilities, as we saw first hand on a recent visit.
Hertfordshire Building Control (HBC) assessed the detailed drawings and calculations for compliance. This assessment included confirmation telephone calls, emails, pre-commencement site meetings, and various site inspections. The contractors appreciated HBC’s advice, which enabled them to make informed decisions to allow construction to continue on time and to schedule.
Performance & Sustainability
With a view to future running costs the timber-framed extensions were designed for enhanced; thermal performance with U-values of elements being less than the maximum required by Building Regulations. Together with the care taken to prevent air leakage this should reduce carbon emissions and make a significant long term savings for the school.
The Building Control team consisted of a plan checker and Building Control Surveyors, who kept in contact with one another whilst construction was taking place. Any technical queries found on site were quickly examined, discussed and agreed with the plan checker, so that compliance with the Building Regulations was maintained, without causing delays to construction.
Access to the whole site was strictly controlled with the mandatory wearing of PPE. Storage and movement of materials were well organised, and the site was kept clean and tidy. As the school was occupied during construction, good manners were visibly displayed, and the playing of music kept to a minimum. Building Control Inspections were carried out with Health and Safety issues predominantly made with personal safety and risk assessment in mind, but the Site Manager was made aware of any potential hazards or risks to other visitors and personnel.
HBC identified possible problems and hold-ups during the plan checking process, such as the undiscovered underground drainage system that became apparent. The architect and contractor with input from Hertfordshire Building Control worked together to amend the original drainage design layouts. Therefore extra works didn’t impact heavily on the schedule.
The project was delivered on time and to budget. (Allowance made for additional works for the ground conditions and alterations to original drainage design layouts). The clients were not able to occupy the building until a Completion Certificate was issued. The completion inspection was carried out on the day the works were deemed complete by the contractor. Fire safety certificates were seen and confirmed as being registered. A completion certificate was issued to Hertfordshire County Council, following confirmation by HBC to the contractor that the works were satisfactory.
The development has provided much needed educational facilities for the benefit of the local community. The project from initial design through to actual completion of the work was very impressive. Attention to detail was outstanding and the contractors, site manager, and tradesmen took pride in their work, resulting in the high quality of finish they achieved. HBC and on-site personnel developed a good working relationship. As a result, the construction process ran very smoothly with few issues raised.