Educational Construction, West Yorkshire

  • Client: Minsthorpe Community College
  • Sector: Education
  • Type: Construction of New Post 16 facility and Science Block
  • Procurement Method: Design & Build
  • Location: Minsthorpe, West Yorkshire
  • Project Value: £1.2m

Project Description

Pacy and Wheatley Educational Design and Build Construction extensive project comprised the design and construction of: A New Two Storey Post 16 Block to complement the existing adjacent science block. A New Two Storey Science Block Extension and upgrade to the existing science block. Alterations to Existing Training and Conference Centre. Alterations to Existing Technology Block. Alterations to Existing Post 16 Area within Block 6 to form New ICT Suite. Ancillary work included external services, drainage, roads, fences, car park and landscaping work Also included in the build was a full commercial catering facility.

The Challenge

Working within the grounds of a fully occupied and busy High School.

Sensitive routing and distribution of mechanical and electrical services from the main school block to the new facilities.

Working to a tight construction program to ensure delivery of the project to achieve opening for the new school term and pupil intake.

Maintaining integrity & watertightness of shallow pitch cladded roofs during extension to science block.

Control & Working over a wide spread area of the school complex, all during term time.

The Solution

Careful selection of sub contractors to ensure the highest standards were achieved.

Excellent site management and coordination of trades.

Close liaison with the clients and our design team ensured we achieved the right design solutions first time.

Use of innovative products to overcome on site design challenges.

Weekly meetings to review school logistics for pupils routes and access to ensure highest levels of safety were maintained.

Key Achievements

Project completed within 40 weeks of a 48 week program.

Highest standards achieved.

97% waste removed from site was recovered for recycling.

Health & safety: zero reportable accidents on site.

Achieving the clients budget.


Pacy & Wheatley have over a number of years, carried out several large refurbishment contracts which have been designed and concluded to the highest standard and within budget. So when we wanted to build a new Post 16 block we had no hesitation to award the contract to Pacy & Wheatley, once again the service was excellent and all the staff were professional, the contract was on time and budget. From a customer’s point of view a perfect partner for any building project.

Shaun Cuthbert Premises Manager Minsthorpe Academy Trust

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