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North Worcester Primary School

North Worcester Primary School


Value: £4.4M

Type: New Build

Partner: ISG Construction Ltd

North Worcester Primary Academy (NWPA) was procured under the Department for Education (DfE) Framework by The Rivers Multi Academy Trust, a group of ten primary schools in Worcestershire all of which are rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted. The new school was required to reduce pressure on places in existing schools in the area with an estimated 583 homes to be constructed within local catchment areas between 2019 and 2030. Located on a former park and ride site, NWPA will accommodate 420 pupils aged between 4 and 11, and 26 pre-school pupils by 2025.

ISG was appointed at RIBA Stage1 for the design and construction of NWPA. Designed to BIM Level 2 and to achieve ‘BREEAM very good’, the project incorporated the latest education specific design ideas and technology within a modern school building, with light and spacious teaching space to maximise pupil comfort and concentration.

Built on a former brownfield site, the new two-storey school, a steel-frame structure with a combined brick and metal cladding envelope, and metal standing seamed roof, incorporates:

  • 14 new climate-controlled classrooms
  • Dedicated early years play areas and canopies
  • Library and break out areas
  • Interconnected break-out areas
  • Specialist teaching rooms for STEM, music, technology and dance
  • Sports hall and year-round astro-turf sports field
  • Kitchen and dining facilities
  • Office space
  • Landscaped gardens with a forest school for outdoor education
  • Parking spaces

During the pre-construction stage, ISG led a series of Client Engagement Meetings (CEMs) which led the design through design gateways leading to the final Contractors Proposals information. The meetings enable the project team, stakeholders and end-users to collaboratively develop the design including the location, layout and adjacencies of the school, leading to the kitchen provision, FF&E provision and daily operations. ISG actively encouraged stakeholders to attend CEMs to influence the final design. The final design was presented using tools including 3D mock-ups and interrogated by the client team before final agreement with all parties and final contract. The process enabled the team to explore added value opportunities and to drive cost and programme certainty.

ISG promoted end-user engagement throughout the project with regular meetings held with the Rivers Trust, the school’s Head Teacher and the local community. ISG also organised an eco-competition with students of Rivers CofE Academy schools to design an eco-friendly habitat in the area adjacent to the school. 

By using a comprehensive value engineering tracker and by taking a collaborative approach, the ISG team ensured the schools vision was delivered to programme and within budget, despite delays in the planning process.

Project highlights
  • Delivered to programme and on budget
  • BREEAM Very Good
  • Zero RIDDOR accidents/incidents
  • 97% of waste diverted from landfill
  • 250 hours training provided through Toolbox Talks
  • 3 Apprentices providing 68 apprentice weeks created
  • 55% SME spend
  • 100% local labour (50 miles)
  • 96% local labour (30 miles)

“ISG has been professional throughout the project. From the outset they kept me informed and their reports were always thorough. Even when there were complications, they worked very closely with me to overcome them. As a Trust we plan to submit other free-school bids and I would not hesitate to use ISG again. I sit on a number of national headteacher boards and work for the DfE at a strategic level – I will be sure to recommend ISG as a contractor on future frameworks.” Kate Brunt | CEO of Rivers CofE Academy Trust

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