Project overview

Waldeck were appointed by the Elliott Group as Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) Engineering Consultant on five new-build primary schools, secured in the DfE PSBP2 Framework. We are pleased to share that four of these schools have now been handed over to the end client with the fifth school having a target completion date of June 2020.

Our solution

For all schools, Waldeck were appointed to provide:

  1.  M&E pre-contract services – This included determining the initial building M&E services loadings and liaising with utilities companies for quotations and advice on upgrade works to suit the new development.
  2. M&E performance design – Our team then carried out initial modelling of the predicted daylight and overheating, based on measured weather data, and advised of various options to maximise daylight, whilst ensuring compliance with the CIBSE TM52 overheating assessment. An M&E performance design was prepared for inclusion with Elliott’s final Contractor’s Proposals, and against which sign off was received by the DfE.
  3. Review of detailed design – Detailed design was then developed by the M&E Contractor and during this stage, Waldeck acted as Technical Assessors to ensure, as the design developed, that the principles of the performance design were adhered to and compliance with the DfE’s brief maintained.
  4. Construction stage technical support – During the construction stage, our team provided off-site support for queries and carried out regular site visits to review for compliance.

The results

The project team provided a full turnkey for a new double-storey 1FE primary school building, including accessible car parking, a delivery and maintenance entrance, external works, landscaping, pedestrian pathways and access bridges ,along with demolition works of the existing school buildings.

The new 1FE primary school was built on an existing school site in Devon, to replace five of the six existing school buildings. The existing Library building was re-supplied electrically, from the new school building. Connections were provided to link the data and alarm systems to the new school building.

At this particular school, after draft CPs, the architectural layout changed which comprised the daylight strategy. Liaison with both Elliott UK and the Architect, PTAL, were required to allow suitable feasible amendments to achieve the daylight requirements.