Framework

YORbuild2

Client

Northumberland County Council

Contractor

Galliford Try Building Ltd

Value

£5,870,000

Darras Hall Primary School

Galliford Try have completed their first YORbuild2 project with great success. The new Darras Hall Primary School in Ponteland and demolition of the former building has provided a fantastic opportunity to engage local residents, staff and pupils with the new building and wider construction industry. Achievements on this site showcases a collaborative approach from all parties involved.

The Council utilised the YORbuild2 Framework to engage with an appropriate contractor to provide a high quality learning environment to support the school in their transition. Galliford Try were successful with their bid and awarded the scheme to start in September 2017.

The project has achieved a transformed learning environment for pupils and staff at Darras Hall, creating a educational environment where students can now stay from age 3-11 years.

A flexible approach

Demolition of existing school buildings along with the construction of the games area and completion of the school sports pitches were completed once staff and pupils were decanted into the new school facility, creating a large modern multiuse external learning area.

The project team engaged with the school throughout the duration of the build, providing opportunities and engagement above and beyond required.

Our approach

The project team engaged with the school throughout the duration of the build, providing opportunities and engagement above and beyond required.

The YORbuild2 requirements were all exceeded as shown in the table below with employment and apprenticeship opportunities for local people being greatly exceeded.

There has also been many encounters of personal intervention directly with Darras Hall School, which has left a real legacy with the pupils and staff, and which Galliford Try and individual site team members are extremely proud of. Examples of these include; revitalising the wetland area within the school grounds though not specified in the programme of works, gifting a name stone as shown opposite, retaining and reframing an art panel in memory of a former teacher at Darras and our supply chain gifting each student an Easter egg.

School engagement

The site team also encouraged pupils to become involved in the process of building of their new school and invited a group of pupils onto site every week to create a regular school blog. They then shared their findings and photographs with the wider school. Pupils signed the steel on their new classrooms, so they could see where they would be moving to and feel a connection to the new build from an early stage. Staff attended and supported the summer and Christmas fairs and even joined pupils in school to enjoy a Christmas lunch together.

Site hosted an open day for pupils, local residents and businesses and a staggering 432 people attended.

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