Kingsmead School – Science Block Refurbishment

  • Client: Kingsmead School
  • Services: Project Management, Employers Agent, Contract Administration, Cost Consultancy and Principal Designer
Kingsmead School appointed Capital to manage and procure a proposed Refurbishment of the existing Science Block, based on the findings of a CLEAPSS Report prepared in 2015 which highlighted an urgent need for action to address deficiencies in the condition of the building and the internal spaces comprising the Science Labs and the ancillary Management spaces.
Contract Value:
July 2018 to January 2019
JCT 2016 Design and Build Contract
The report was used as part of a Business Case to demonstrate the need for urgent attention, encompassing cost criteria and project planning requirements. Capital assisted in preparing a successful CIF Bid submitted in 2017 to secure CIF 2018-2019 Funding.

During the design period, a series of meetings were convened to involve the School in every aspect of the design, with a formalised sign off process at the end of each stage. A dynamic Cost Plan was maintained during the design process to consider variables and alternatives. The procurement process comprised a two-stage tender, with the first stage based on an outline design and a comprehensive Employers Requirement document prepared by Capital’s Architects and Surveyors. Following receipt of the first stage tenders, which were analysed and compared to the Pre-Tender Estimate contained in the Cost Plan, the successful Contractor was appointed under a JCT Design and Build contract to develop the detailed design in conjunction with Capital and the School’s Facilities Manager who acted as the School’s principle Technical Representative.


  • 01
    Project Management
  • 02
    Employers Agent
  • 03
    Contract Administration
  • 04
    Cost Consultancy
  • 05
    Principal Designer

Capital’s Architect continued to work in conjunction with the Kingsmead’s Facilities Manager and the Head of Science Department on the final design of the Laboratories through a series of Design Development Workshops, taking account of how the Laboratory design could best provide the School with the optimum flexibility while ensuring compliance with all Statutory standards. An element of future proofing was also introduced within the confines of the Cost Plan.

A key factor in the success of the Project was close management of the Programme, aimed at maximising the on-site work within the Summer holiday period. This involved working extended hours during the week and at weekends to ensure that the main Laboratories were complete and available for use when the Autumn Term commenced in September.

The project was successfully completed on time and on budget, and the School were able to arrange their timetables around the available resources.

The success of the Science Block Refurbishment Project was critical to the School in terms of providing a modern and healthy environment to promote safe practice and as a catalyst for further enhancing the reputation of the School as a Centre of Excellence

David Medway Head Teacher

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