Deykin Avenue Primary School is based in Witton, approximately 2 miles from Birmingham City Centre. The school is part of a close-knit community and the 210 children that attend the school mostly live in the surrounding area. As an interesting side-note, the famous Birmingham poet and writer Benjamin Zephaniah is a former pupil of the school!
The school needed a building extension to create a new library and breakout area. Approved Shopfitting were approached because the governing body needed an organisation that was accustomed to operating in a school environment where a high focus on health and safety is a huge requirement, as well as the team involved in the project needing to have an up-to-date DBS check. Having worked on previous projects in educational settings, we were selected for the project.
The challenge with any project within an educational setting is to carry out as much work as possible outside of normal school hours and ensure that health and safety is paramount. All of our operatives and sub-contractors are DBS checked and great care was needed to isolate the work zone to ensure total protection for the children and staff whilst the work was carried out. The project was started on the 22nd September 2015 and completed on the 21st November 2015.
Following closely the architect’s plans for the extension, the key to this project was time management and keeping everybody safe whilst works were carried out. As much work as possible was carried out outside of school hours and weekends but inevitably, to get the job done in optimum time, there is a requirement to work within school hours. To facilitate this as safely as possible and in line with regulations, the work zone was totally isolated to provide safety the children, staff and everybody on site.
Our uncompromising approach to health and safety and project management ensured there was minimum disruption to the school. The success of the project has led to our involvement in further refurbishment works at the school.