Project Summary

The McAvoy Group has delivered a £3.3m scheme for Surrey County Council at Sunbury Manor School in Sunbury-on-Thames. This project brings the value of offsite education projects awarded under the Southern Modular Building Framework to £15m.

FacilityNew teaching and dining block

Building Size1200m2


Time on SiteLess than 9 months

PartnersTODD Architects

Designed in collaboration with TODD Architects, the new teaching and dining block will allow the school to expand capacity by up to 150 children to meet the urgent demand for new secondary places in Surrey.

The Offsite Solution

McAvoy installed 44 steel-framed modules at Sunbury Manor in just five days, complete with 75 per cent of mechanical and electrical services, internal partitioning and brick cladding fitted out in the factory. Following completion of the new building, the McAvoy team undertook refurbishment works in the main school which included upgrading some classrooms to science laboratories.

A Highly Constrained, Fully Operational School Site

By reducing the build programme to less than nine months, there was much less disruption to the staff and children. McAvoy had to work on a highly constrained, fully operational site in the heart of the school and in close proximity to the two main buildings.

Careful planning and management of logistics were key to managing the entrance to the site which was shared with the adjacent leisure centre and located in a residential area.

Best Practice in Site Management

The scheme, which is finished in brick and vertical cedar cladding to complement the academy’s existing buildings, accommodates five general classrooms, a staff room and new commercial kitchen and dining facilities to cater for around 900 children each day. Delivered on time, it was built offsite and under the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which awarded a high score to the McAvoy project team for best practice.

Proven Track Record

McAvoy has a proven track record in education, particularly in the South East, having successfully delivered many contracts for Surrey County Council.

The Group has been awarded building projects under the Southern Modular Building Framework worth around £15m – from nursery blocks to self-contained primary and secondary school buildings. Its offsite solutions aim to deliver rapid building solutions to meet the rising demand for school places, working to the highest health and safety standards.

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