White Cliffs Primary College of the Arts
A school has been on this site for over 70 years, and as the college’s name suggests, it is located on an elevated site overlooking Dover Castle and the Coombe Valley.
Gen² were engaged to manage a building extension to provide space for the school to expand to two form entry; extending the number of Dover children that can access the outstanding education the College delivers.
- To expand the school to a two-form entry.
- Dedicated outside areas for Reception and Nursery pupils to keep active and learn about the environment.
- A kitchen able to provide all pupils with healthy and freshly cooked hot meals every day.
The project has been recognised as a finalist in the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce Awards (KEiBA Awards) and a Health and Safety Award from The British Safety Council. The Site Foreman was recognised as the International Safety Champion of the Year for The British Safety Council.
“We’re over the moon with our new school space and delighted it has been recognised with so many awards too.”
Executive Head Teacher
This project has everything; construction savings, an environmentally sensitive design on a heritage site and lots of student and community engagement. I'm proud of the collaboration from the team that brought it all together.
The new two storey building comprises 6 classrooms (Reception, Y1 & Y2), a nursery, First Aid room and toilet facilities. The extension is linked by a hall/dining extension, including a new kitchen and servery.
A value-engineering exercise helped the team to reduce construction cost by £1.5 million without affecting the delivery timetable.
Our project manager and quantity surveyor worked with the contractor and architect to create a new design with the building set away from the hillside. This enabled a more efficient building footprint which dramatically cut the construction costs without affecting the delivery timetable.
The redesign meant construction started with an excavation of 9,000 m² of chalk to allow the new building to be set at the same level as the main School to provide inclusive access to all areas.
The new building has a green roof; intelligent lighting system; good insulation; energy efficient boilers help to lower emissions & CO2 levels.
The new larger commercial kitchen enables the school to supply healthy, freshly prepared meals to children; with a new dining area fit for purpose.
By building a collegiate relationship with the main contractor, Walker Construction, Gen² ran Health & Safety talks and a safety poster competition. The winning entries were displayed on the site’s hoarding.
On the outside, the project provides a new dedicated secure play area for Reception classes and covered play for the Nursery.
Assisted by the Dover Smart project, the contractor provided the space and materials for pupils, staff and local stakeholders to contribute to a mural. The mural has been sealed under the floor of the new extension for future generations.