Croydon school expansion programme

Client name: Croydon Council

Services: Quanity Surveying

Value: £60m

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Keegans were appointed to provide cost consultancy services for a school expansion programme of 5 schools, 4 new build schools and 1 new build extension using iESE and SCAPE procurement routes under NEC Option A form of contract. Schools include;

  • Aberdeen Road (Heathfield) Primary Academy, new build
  • Canterbury Mills (West Thornton) Primary Academy, new build school
  • Ark Oval Primary Academy, expansion
  • Beckmead at Tennison School, new build
  • Westways (Chestnut) Academy, new build


Heathfield Academy, £10.2m new build

Heathfield Academy Primary School is a new 2FE Primary Academy situated at 49 St James Road, Croydon, CR0 2UR.  The school will accommodate 420 pupils at full capacity. This new build school consists of 14 classrooms, food, science D&T room, ICT suite, 2 halls, learning resource centre and small group rooms (1 for SENco), staff room and offices, SEN therapy room, meeting room classroom storage, toilets and kitchen facilities.

The new build construction school consisting of RC frame and Steel frame with an external envelope comprising SFS, insulated render, standing seam cladding along with insulated brick slip Gebrik. The current completion date is November 2017.

Canterbury Mills Primary Academy, £13.5m new build

This project is the demolition of the existing buildings and construction of new three storey building and associated external works with a linked dining hall for the provision of an open plan 2FE school for 420 pupils. The school consists of a teaching block with a roof terrace hard play area and plant room, 14 classrooms and 1 practical room, administration offices and associated ancillary spaces.

The site for the new Canterbury Mills Primary School is a former warehouse building and as such has been designated a “brown field” site. The development of Canterbury Mills is to be completed in two phases.  The first phase was to construct a new temporary school on the existing MUGA pitches to the rear of the site.  This was completed ready for pupils starting in September 2016.  The second phase includes the demolition of the existing Canterbury Mills industrial building and construction and completion of the new primary school. The current completion date is August 2018 in time for new school term in September.

Ark Oval Primary Academy, £7.1m expansion

This project was for a 1 FE Expansion of the existing Ark Oval Primary Academy on the site of Cherry Orchard Road. The overall project included enabling works (by others) of the demolition of the Acorn House, construction of a new modular two storey teaching block linked to an existing single storey dining hall which was also remodelled, refurbishment of existing teaching area, refurbishment of a nursery and external works including a new MUGA. The school was completed in March 2017.

Beckmead at Tennison Primary School £10.1m new build

This project was for a new school building on the site of the former Priory School on the corner between Selhurst Road and Tennison Road, South Norwood. The building will be used by Beckmead College to provide teaching for up to 50 full-time secondary school pupils aged 14 to 19.  The building includes a vocational training centre for 50 part-time pupils from other special and mainstream schools. It is a special community school for children and young people with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties.

The works involved demolition of existing building, construction of new single storey building on pile foundations including the associated drainage, hard and soft landscaping and outdoor MUGA. The school was completed in November 2016.

Chestnut Primary School (Westways Academy) £10.2m new build 3FE Primary School

Chestnut Primary School is a new 3FE Primary Academy situated at 49 St James Road, Croydon, CR0 2UR. The School will accommodate 630 pupils at full capacity. The works involved the demolition of the existing Westways Centre; the demolition of the Crystal Centre (previously an NHS walk-in centre) and the construction of a new 3 storey school building based upon the Senusis Dewey modular system.

Throughout the programme Keegans as quantity surveyors worked collaboratively with the project team to achieve the client objectives. We adopted a proactive approach to cost management. We operated on an open book basis so information was shared and open to scrutiny. We also challenged the appropriateness of the contractors supply chain and ensured costs were in line with industry and client expectations.