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Furzeham Primary

We surveyed the building and project managed the design and specification of the refurbishment. We sought building regulations approval and tendered the works before instructing a contractor. We continue to supervise the works and manage the costs and quality of the build.

The school was built in 1889 and has suffered from years of water ingress and general wear and tear. This was combined with deterioration simply due to the age of the building fabric.

Phase 1 of the refurbishment consisted of completely stripping the internal finishes, such as lath and plaster walls and ceilings, and flooring to expose the shell of the building.  In conjunction with the internal works, external works consisted of new windows, wall repairs, roof repairs and new rainwater goods.

Part of the aim of the refurbishment project was to bring the envelope of the building up to current thermal performance standards and improve the air quality in classrooms through modern ventilation plant.  Having stripped out the interior of the rooms and tanked the walls to minimise water ingress, the walls were lined with insulated plasterboard. New insulated suspended ceilings were installed together with new lights and new floor coverings completed the project.

In March 2015, Phase Two began and works included: the complete internal refurbishment of the main hall, six classrooms, two resources rooms, one corridor and one store room. These works also incorporate internal and external waterproofing works and new PVC –u windows. This phase was completed in December 2015.

The third and final phase will see corridor and stairwell refurbishment, pupil WCs refurbishment, new vinyl flooring in the main hall, and glass atrium replacement. These works are expected to be complete in March 2016.

Paul Adams, Headteacher, said:

"The recently refurbished classrooms have made a huge impact on the children’s learning and outcomes. Each room has been renovated to an extremely high standard and has taken account of teaching and learning in the 21st century. It is a wonderful environment for our staff, parents and children."