London, Home Counties (PRWEB UK) 2 October 2012
As schools across the UK face the dual challenge of budget cuts and growing intakes, leading contracting firm BRAC is transforming outdated CLASP buildings into thriving 21st century centres of learning in record time and at a fraction of the cost of new construction.
With intake numbers expected to rise by 8% in the next 3 years alone schools across the UK are faced with the conundrum of how best to utilise some 1,400 CLASP buildings – many of which were constructed as long ago as the 1950s. With a life span of just 40 to 60 years many of these structures are now seriously dilapidated and inefficient, failing to provide the inspiring educational environment schools aim to offer to pupils.
Now East London Principal Contractor BRAC is taking a creative approach to solving the issue by offering fast and cost-effective contemporary renovations of CLASP structures. One recently completed project is situated at Queensmead School, South Ruislip, where the renovation of a CLASP structure has achieved a 50% budget saving for the school against the potential cost of constructing a new building .
Delivered in just 8 months, the new building provides a modern, motivating learning environment as well as incorporating significant energy saving features. The project has given this previously sub-standard structure a new lease of life set to last for at least two decades.
Features of the new building at Queensmead include the incorporation of modern double glazing, insulated curtain walls, a new insulated roof and a VRF gas heating system to optimise room temperature and minimise consumption and maintenance costs.
BRAC previously delivered a prestigious £1.6 million refurbishment of the school's science block incorporating an air handling system, lifts to transport dangerous chemicals for technician use, and DDA facilities including bespoke height adjustable workstations and sink areas. The firm's exemplary performance on this major refit made them Queensmead's first choice to undertake the new development project.
Adam Clark, Managing Director of BRAC, explains the importance of a sympathetic approach to working in schools. “As a contractor it's vital to ensure that you don't disrupt the daily life of teachers and pupils” he says. “The BRAC team understands the key challenges in educational construction – from timetabling and important term dates to noise control and health and safety requirements. We worked carefully with the school to accommodate those restrictions and completed the project in just 8 months. Not only have we achieved a cost saving of 50% for the school, we have drastically improved surroundings for pupils and teachers by delivering an exciting new space designed to cater to every pupil's educational needs. We are delighted to have the opportunity once again to assist Queensmead in giving pupils the best possible chance to achieve their potential.”
BRAC are Main Contractors for energy efficient new builds, renovations and roofing projects across the public and education sectors. They were recently selected by the London Legacy Development Corporation to deliver architect David Kohn's visionary renovation of flagship Olympic Legacy project The White Building in Hackney Wick.
With 4 decade's combined experience in building contracting, BRAC specialises in new builds, renovations, renewable energy structures and roofing for schools, commercial spaces and listed buildings across London and the South East.
The firm prides itself on efficient delivery, high quality workmanship, and a “right first time” philosophy for every client.
Past prestigious projects include a £1.6 million refit of Queensmead School in Middlesex, the complete refurbishment of Welwyn Civic Centre in just 6 weeks, and the full roll out of energy saving sanitation systems for Johnson and Johnson, saving approximately 400,000 litres of water per toilet block per annum.
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