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Vandyke Upper School & Gilbert Inglefield Academy

These projects involved the construction of two separate school buildings, across the road from each other, all delivered by the same team. Work began in January 2020 and despite the Covid-19 pandemic both were delivered on-time to delighted customers.

Key Stats

Both projects were procured via the Southern Construction Framework (SCF)

Careful attention was paid to scheduling and logistics as the sites were across the road from each other and delivered by one collaborative team

The fourth and fifth projects the Northern Home Counties team has delivered using modular construction techniques in two years

At a Glance

Client

Vandyke and Gilbert schools

Budget

£16.7 million (combined)

Timing

33 weeks (VUS) 50 weeks (GIA)

Location

Leighton Buzzard

Year

2020

Sector

Education

Our approach

Vandyke Upper School

The project involved the remodelling of the existing school building and the construction of a brand new, modular, three storey block of 12 science labs, 10 maths classrooms and a sixth form centre. The team utilised off-site manufacturing on the project to minimise disruption, create cost and time efficiencies, and enhance the building’s sustainability performance.

The demolition of the maths block made way for a new attenuation tank and landscaped outdoor spaces. In addition, four new flood-lit netball courts will provide the students and wider community with state-of-the-art sports facilities. A new contemporary café and social space was also created for students to enjoy.

Gilbert Inglefield Academy

The team completed the expansion of Gilbert Inglefield Academy on an adjoining site to Vandyke Upper School. The £6.5 million project at Gilbert Inglefield Academy saw the addition of a new teaching building, providing the school with 10 new classrooms, a new three-court sports hall and two IT labs, as well as the remodelling of the existing building to provide school users with a new kitchen and dining area.

The scheme also introduced new SEN therapy spaces and an external multi-use games area (MUGA) to ensure the school’s students have the opportunity to thrive in inspiring academic settings.

We are thrilled at what has been achieved. It will make such a difference to the experience of the students and staff. So to everybody who has worked on the project and made this possible - from me, a heart-felt thank you.
Tim Carroll, Headteacher, Vandyke Upper School

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Social impact

Each year, the Northern Home Counties team take part in Neighbourhood Week, which sees the team volunteering alongside members of our supply chain to support projects in the local community.

In 2020, when the Vandyke and Gilbert schools were under construction, 82 volunteers dedicated 1,190 hours of their time to the community. This included a garden makeover at Gilbert Inglefield School for the SEN learners at the school, building a pond at Vandyke Upper School, re-decorating the Highcrest Adult Learning Centre at Amersham School and redecorating and landscaping at Sandy Fire Station. In addition, the team helped eight charities in the area with fixing, landscaping or redecorating works.

Collage of photos of Morgan Sindall Construction employees and our supply chain painting and landscaping at local charities premises as part of Neighbourhood Week
Pictures of the Northern Home Counties team taking part in Neighbourhood Week 2020, volunteering their time and skills to projects in the local community.

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