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Brighton & Hove City Council Kings School, Portslade

Refurbishment & conversion of former 6th Form College into accommodation for children's social services

Project Stats

45 weeks
£4.55 m
23,000 sq ft

Project Story

Working on the Orbis Framework, Willmott Dixon Interiors delivered demolition works and a full strip out of the former Portslade school building, as well as some structural interventions and external remedial works and repairs. New M&E services were installed, with parts of the building segregated through new access control doorways.

The move allows the relocation of council staff from underused office space on a site at Moulsecoomb, which has been earmarked for the development of more than 200 new council homes.

The works retained the current configuration of the internal rooms as far as possible to avoid large scale structural alterations. Access control doorways were installed to segregate parts of the building due to the sensitive nature of the customer.

Alongside this work, we have enhanced the natural environment by delivering biodiversity net gain. This involved overall enhancement of habitats within the external area of the project, based on recommendations by an ecologist that assessed the area and produced a bespoke ecological design strategy. A range of measures to enhance biodiversity in the area have been recommended and implemented.
Project Outcomes
  • New UKPN substation with upgraded 400 amp supply
  • Modern space provided to support Children’s Social Services
  • Creation of a wildlife garden, improving the biodiversity of the area
  • 45/45 Considerate Constructor Score
  • 56% Social Return on Investment delivered against project value
  • 50% of labour spend from within 10 miles of site

Project Team

Chris Linfoot × Operations Director
Josh Armstrong × Regional Head of Framework Management
Consultant team
Architect: Willmott Dixon Interiors
Project Manager: Potter Raper
Cost Consultant: Potter Raper
Services Engineer: Paine Manwaring

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