Goldington Academy Changing Room Extension

About the project:

About the School:

Goldington Middle School was built in 1964 as a Secondary School. From 1976 until 2017 it was a 9-13 Middle School.  Between 2017 and 2020 Goldington Academy has made a full conversion back to being a comprehensive Secondary School

The building provides excellent facilities and accommodation for the age range. The school serves an established mixed residential area to the north-east of Bedford. The number of children on roll is in excess of 800 and has grown steadily in recent years.

In recent years the site has had numerous newbuilds, extensions and large scale refurbishment works undertaken to improve the facilities substantially for its pupils and the wider community.


Design & Build:

 R1 Construction were approached by M&J Group, who were previously appointed by the school as main contractor for a variety of site-wide works. R1 Construction were appointed under a JCT Design & Build 2016 Contract to undertake the complete works for demolishing the existing dilapidated, undersized and underused changing room facilities and replacing with a new, purpose built larger changing facility within the client budget. The new, larger facilities would benefit both the pupils and wider community as the school now open up the sports hall for community use also.

Construction Method:

We put forward the proposal to construct the extension in a traditional brick and block method due the end user requirements, and to closely match the existing brick / block built sports facility. The project had its difficulties due to the underground obstructions. Directly under the proposed larger footprint is a main Anglian Water 2000mm dia. stormwater culvert.

R1 Construction worked closely with a structural engineer following the results of a detailed ground investigation report to produce a ‘bridge-over’ design constructed with traditional strip footings, block and beam floor and concrete lintels. This was then submitted to Anglian Water to obtain a formal build-over agreement enabling works to commence.

Build Programme:

In order to have the new facility ready ahead of the summer holidays, R1 construction commenced works on site in March 2021, with completion in July 2021 following a 16 week on site construction programme.

Construction Phase & Minimising Disruption:

The overall project programme required 16 weeks to deliver the scheme, from site mobilisation to practical completion and handover to the client. it was proposed that we take control of the site and carry out the demolition and noisy groundworks within the live school environment due to our understanding of the day to day running of a live school.

The building was demolished and material removed from site in 2 days which then allowed us to commence with the extension. Works then began on the foundations, and around the storm water culvert allowing Anglian Water to come and inspect.

The building structure was then erected with masonry external and load bearing partition walls taking around 3 weeks to complete despite the wet weather. The following weeks the roof joists and deck were installed along with a fully built up felt roofing system.

With the building now watertight works could begin to progress internally and externally in parallel.

Over the remaining four weeks, all internal fit-out works were undertaken including mechanical and electrical works, carpentry, joinery, flooring, and ceilings, IPS and cubicles and benching etc.

External works included fascia’s, gutters and tarmac surfacing, and all were completed within programme, taking the building to a snag-free practical completion and seamless handover to the client.


In summary this was a challenging project to deliver due to underground obstructions and Covid 19 implications. R1 Construction predominantly works within the education sector and have vast experience working within live school environments. We met with the stakeholders from the school daily to gain full visibility of exam timetables and that allowed us to plan, or pause site works accordingly whilst still maintaining adherence to programme.

The school were extremely satisfied with the completed building, and the approach taken to both the construction phase and our dedication and management of the project to minimise disruption. Since completing this project the school have had photographers in to help showcase the new changing facilities as part of the new years prospectus.

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