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We were appointed by Southwark Council to provide cost consultancy services for 11 school expansion projects in the borough. The schools were divided into 2 packages A & B. The programme was procured using JCT D&B 2 stage (iESE framework). Schools include:


  • Cherry Garden Primary School £13m new build school
  • Albion Road Primary School £10m new build school
  • Ivydale Primary School £10m new build school
  • Keyworth Primary school £9m refurbishment and new build extension
  • Crawford Primary School £5m refurbishment and new build extension
  • Redriff Primary School £5m new build extension
  • Phoenix School £9m refurbishment of existing Edwardian unoccupied school
  • Grange Primary School £4m new build dining hall, nursery and refurbishment
  • Charles Dickens Primary School £4m refurbishment and new build extension
  • Bellenden school £8.3m, 2173m2 new build school
  • Robert Browning Primary School £3.5m part demolition, new build and refurbishment.

The service was primarily focused on maximising Client value for money during the design stages and retaining budget objectives after contractor appointment. The client was focused on delivering high quality public buildings, well regarded by the public, which provided excellent teaching outcomes.


The school expansion programme was divided into 2 packages with 2 different architects, but the same Project Manager and Cost consultancy team (Keegans) across the entire package. This resulted in intense, detailed design and consultation programmes which was reflected in the design achieving both the Client and the end-users brief.



Together with maximising efficiencies and economies of scale in terms of design and cost by using the same principles and design features across all 12 schools, 2 Contractors were appointed via iESE, 1 for each package of 6 schools,  and a design period post appointment was built into the programme. This allowed for a detailed review of the design with the Client and Contractor team and also ensured the Contractor worked with their delivery partners and supply chain in order to achieve maximum cost and time efficiencies.

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  • Client name

Southwark Council


  • Services

Cost Consultant


  • Value



  • Form of Contract

JCT D&B 2 Stage (iESE framework)


  • Awards: 

SPACES Refurbishment School Award Winner, 2019

Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist
Local Authority Building Control; Highly Commended for Best Educational Building
New London Architecture Awards Commendation, Education Category
Shortlisted BD Architect of the Year Awards, Refurbishment Category
Civic Trust; Awards Regional Finalist & Selwyn Goldsmith Awards for Universal Design Regional Finalist
Finalist under the Schools category for the AJ Retrofit Awards

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