Client Department for Education
Sector Schools and Colleges
The Armthorpe Academy project was part of a £35m batch of Yorkshire-based schools in the Department for Education's Priority School Building Programme (PSBP).
A new block with the potential to eventually allow the school to accommodate 900 pupils, the building was created to serve an expected increase in students following the construction of a new housing estate.
The original concept for the school had been a two-block solution, but utilising Galliford Try's Optimum Schools principles, our team developed a more cost-effective single block solution which consolidated the new facilities. The approach mirrored that taken on Galliford Try's previous North West A batch under the PSBP programme, applying the learning acquired through those schemes to benefit the clients.
The new design eventually delivered a 10% saving against the original budget, utilising the Optimum Schools component-based approach to deliver savings both during the pre-construction design period and during the build phase.
The consolidation of the teaching facilities and the new sports hall into one block meant the project could be delivered through a single construction phase, cutting 10 months off the projected programme time. In addition the approach meant that a separate construction zone could be created, lowering health and safety risks and minimising disruption of the school’s ongoing activities on the site.