Ark Oval Primary Academy

Client name: London Borough of Croydon

Services: Quantity Surveying

Value: £7.1 million

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Project Overview

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 Gross Internal Floor Area (GIFA) is 1,750m2. This is a combination of 1,360m² for a Modular Building, 280m² for the Kitchen/Diner and 110m² for refurbishment of existing teaching area.

Keegans provided a full Quantity Surveying service including cost planning, tender analysis and reporting, valuations, cost reporting.

This project was one of 5 primary schools as part of Croydon’s Primary School Expansion programme and involved one of Croydon’s Main Framework Contractor’s, Wilmott Dixon Construction (WDC).

The aim of the project was for all parties to work collaboratively and to ensure this the Contractor entered into a Pre-Contract Services Agreement (PCSA) with Croydon based upon an initial tender for their preliminaries, design fees, overheads and profit etc.

Ark Oval was over the original contract sum, but this was in part due to the change from the refurbishment of the existing kitchen and dining hall to a completely new modular system which had a net increase of £350K out of an overall overspend of £833K. The remaining £483K came from Compensation Events, which were agreed and approved (£467K), along with Change Order Requests in the sum of £28K.

At the end of the project the School held an official opening ceremony which was attended by the Mayor of Croydon and other members of the school and Project Team.

Everyone agreed that the project had been a huge success and the pupils were already enjoying their new classrooms, kitchen and dining area.

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