Abbey Grammar School

Main Contractor: Woodvale Construction

Client: SELB

Location: Newry Co, Down

Scale / Scope: This project was a £14M new build, 3 storey secondary school sited on the outskirts of Newry City. The nature of the project required our Integrated Project Team (IPT) to participate throughout the design development stage in various Value Engineering (VE) and Risk Management (RM) workshops to ensure that the Clients brief was met in full.

Complexity: This was a new build steel frame construction building with PCC slabs, brick and block infill panels, rainscreen panels, roofing cladding. The Electrical services, which consisted of fire alarms, access controls, IT cabling, BMS cabling, class change system, mechanical services wiring, lighting and external lighting.

As this was a target cost project, we knew that our works budget would be continually scrutinised and where costs did exceed the planned expenditure, we raised ‘early warnings’ to both MC and the M&E designers. These were then reviewed in detail and through VE exercises with WLC cost analysis, we managed to reduce the costs without affecting the function or value of the works.

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