25,550 man hours and zero accidents as contractors BAM hand over Harington School in Rutland

24 November 2016 11:04 - BAM Construct UK Ltd

Hemel Hempstead, 24 November 2016 - It has taken 25,500 man hours, 100 tonnes of steel, and 3,700 cubic metres of excavated waste to create, but the contractors behind the new Harington School’s sixth form building have completed it without a single cut finger. And what’s more, they have done so four weeks earlier than planned.

BAM Construction has delivered the £4.3 million two-storey, steel framed building, clad with a Staffordshire blue brick. It has four science labs, ICT rooms, and a modern assembly area with presentation screens. It houses 300 students in Catmose College campus which caters for 1500 in all.

Says Ian: ‘Rutland is a bit further out than we usually build, so we had to source some new supply chain companies, and they have worked really well with us. Planning has been key because of working on a live campus and our partnership with the school has allowed us to stand back, analyse and sequence properly, which is how we have managed to hand over four weeks earlier than expected.”

Ian’s team managed to divert 99.8% of the waste from landfill sites by re-using it on the new build and the scheme’s carbon footprint is substantially below the company’s demanding target for all of its construction schemes. But it is his zero harm achievement that he is most pleased with. My team have been brilliant, and we’ve not even had a cut finger. When you think that we inducted 460 people to work here, and used 52 different companies in our supply chain, that’s a big achievement. Several initiatives helped us stay safe, such as collaboration meetings with the workforce resulting in weekly look ahead reports for them and our client. This also assisted our logistics such as planning deliveries while keeping 1500 pupils safe in a live college environment day to day.’

The new school was recently occupied by students.