RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLLocation: WISBECH, CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Client: FARROW HOUSE PLC
Architect: OGLESBY & LIMB LTD
Structural Engineer: SIDEBOTTOM RICHARDSON CHENG LTD
Form of Contract: JCT 98, PRIVATE WITHOUT QUANTITIES
Contract Period: 44 WEEKS (INC 13 WEEKS EOT)
The project comprised of the general refurbishment and remodelling of the existing hotel and offices to form a new residential school. The work included a complete general strip out and selected demolition to include new detailed structural openings.
Specialised lime plastering was required in a great number of areas, which included ornate coving and decal details to ceilings, all original features to plasterwork were produced and manufactured throughout the building in accordance with the heritage officer's requirements.
Extensive areas of asbestos in the form of board, lagging and artex were removed during the strip out stages. Dry rot was evident in several locations with the worst being in the area of the main staircase and over the ballroom ceiling, removal was therefore necessary of some very rare and ornate features which then had to be restored / replaced using original materials and techniques.
The internal works involved forming bedroom facilities with ensuite bathrooms, teacher's accommodation, classrooms, staff room, dining room with new commercial kitchen adjacent, laundry room, safe room, TV room, stores and toilet facilities.
All areas were fitted out to a high standard with all fitted furniture and equipment being provided under our contract, we then supervised the installation of client equipment such as loose furniture to classrooms and bedroom furniture.
Externally a new secure playground was formed to the rear of the building along with car parking adjacent. Feature benches, ornate railings, soft and hard landscaped areas were also provided.
An added complication during the construction period was the requirement to provide temporary school accommodation for the children within the site. The building was then completed in sections allowing occupation of areas of the building prior to achieving practical completion.
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