Goresbrook School

The recently opened £18m Goresbrook School in Dagenham provides compelling evidence of how offsite construction has truly established itself as the smarter choice for education projects large and small.

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The McAvoy Group was awarded the contract for the 10,381m2 project through the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Framework which is funded through the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

As principal contractor McAvoy was responsible for leading the project from feasibility approval, outline and then detailed design through to planning and delivery of all internal and external aspects of the challenging and complex scheme.

Goresbrook School occupies a substantial site at Ripple Road, Dagenham and provides continuing education for the children of its adjacent nursery school which opened in 2015.

The new institution, run by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s organisation United Learning, forms a beautiful community hub and optimal learning environment for children from 3 to 18 to develop, grow and learn, from reception to sixth form.

The outstanding new construction was completed ahead of schedule and features leading-edge, ecologically sound materials. The structure was designed to create natural light-filled spaces with complementary facilities including gymnasium and spectator seating. Offsite construction was a logical choice for the Goresbrook development, due to a number of factors, not least the complex nature of the site and McAvoy’s trademark ‘Think Smart. Build Smart.’ philosophy.

The ‘Smart’ ethos enables McAvoy to deliver large scale projects like this, within a challenging timeframe – with 80% of the classroom build taking place offsite. Furthermore, McAvoy’s modular process, when coupled with BIM, also provides certainty around build times, whole-life costs and overall building performance.

The efficient and ‘joined up’ approach meant McAvoy teams were able to work simultaneously building modules at its Dungannon and Lisburn plants whilst undertaking demolition and enabling works, onsite. Stringent planning conditions were met through close collaboration with London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

As a consequence the school was delivered 45% faster than would have been the case using traditional construction methods.