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View of the enclosed playground at Hailsham School, with bright blue railings around the outside

Hailsham Community College Primary Academy

Offsite modular construction has become an incredibly popular choice when building schools, and with Hailsham, it’s easy to see why. The project team was able to deliver 11 weeks ahead of schedule, delighting everyone involved.

Key Stats

Project was delivered via the Orbis Framework

Team donated 473 volunteer hours to the local community

96% of all waste recycled

£20,553 in charitable donations

New build two-form-entry primary school with early years facility and sports hall

Extensive external areas including large playing field, MUGA sports pitch, hard court surfaces

Building constructed using Streif advanced timber panelling system

At a Glance

Client

East Sussex County Council

Budget

£7.9 million

Timing

44 weeks

Location

Hailsham, East Sussex

Year

November 2019

Sector

Primary Education

Our approach

As the local Hailsham community expands, there was a definite need for a new primary school. Hailsham Community College Primary Academy was procured through the Orbis framework, a shared services partnership between East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and Surrey County Council.

The modular panels were produced off site by Streif, and arrived on site complete with external doors and fully glazed windows in just 35 deliveries. This method of construction meant that there was an estimated 75% reduction in operative journeys to site, which equates to around 84,000 miles saved – a huge reduction in CO2 emissions, which also had the benefit of minimising the impact on local roads and the community around the school through the construction phase.

The project was delivered by the team in Brighton

London & Home Counties

Social impact

In addition to the environmental benefits offered by the modular off-site production methods, the project team on site also worked closely with the community, engaging with local schools to introduce construction as a career to more than 1,300 students, volunteering over 470 hours to local organisations, and raising over £20,500 for charity.

We are delighted with the new primary school and we are incredibly excited to be moving into the whole building at this early point. On behalf of all the children in the Hailsham area who will benefit from these amazing facilities, I would like to thank Morgan Sindall Construction for the way in which they have worked so positively with East Sussex County Council and ourselves in order to achieve such a fantastic project.
Phil Matthews, executive principal at Hailsham Community College
We’re very proud to have delivered this state-of-the-art facility in partnership with East Sussex County Council and to have been able to deliver the project 11 weeks ahead of schedule. This is testament to what can be achieved when all parties involved in the project work together closely, collaboratively and openly.
Steve Sear, senior project manager, Morgan Sindall Construction

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