The Elmgreen School

Building Schools for the Future: The £26m Elmgreen School is a unique co-educational secondary school for pupils aged 11-18. It is located in West Norwood, London. The school opened a temporary facility in September 2007, and on its permanent site in September 2009. The Elmgreen school provides a creative and innovative curriculum within an ethos of mutual respect, harmony and achievement.

The Elmgreen School has been designed for 1,100 places for 11-18 year olds, with a 30 place Hearing Impairment Unit (HIU) and 100 staff, it is the first Parent Promoted Foundation school in the UK, the design is underpinned by intelligent space that is both flexible and agile, the school will be fully supported by fixed and mobile technology, with high quality furniture and fittings.

Faithful+Gould provided project management and contract administration services, both for the construction of the temporary facility (which opened in September 2007) and the permanent site (completed in September 2009). Both contracts (for the temporary and permanent schools) were Design and Build, with a key element being to ensure that the school's vision was not compromised through the design process with the contractor. Our role as Project Manager has been central to this process.

Challenges: The permanent school site consisted of three smaller sites. We managed the process of relocating the smaller schools and ensured any delays did not impact on the overall programme for Elmgreen. We managed delays to the project, proactively working with the contractor, school and authority to ensure Elmgreen was able to open on time with minimal disruption to students. The new school is targeted to achieve a BREEAM ‘Very Good' rating. At least 14% of energy consumption is to be by renewable energy technology.

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