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Farndon Primary
School Extension

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Project name: Farndon Primary School Extension

Contract: JCT Standard

Value: £1,510,000

Duration: 47 Weeks


This phased design and build project included a new teaching block as well as refurbishment and remodelling of the existing facilities. The new timber clad classroom block incorporates parallel teaching spaces linked by circulation space for additional group activity.

CONSIDERATE – In addition to the extension, alteration and refurbishment was undertaken in the existing school areas. With the school occupied throughout, the need for planning and on-time completion of work phases was paramount to the resultant on programme completion of the project. Our considerate working practices were recognised by the school, who commended our approach.

SUSTAINABLE – The rural location of this project presented challenges for access to supply chain availability, which were alleviated by targeting local products and suppliers and allocating smaller work packages to maximise engagement opportunities for smaller local organisations.

What was said ...
  • Mr Walker, Head Teacher - Farndon Primary School

    The project ran seamlessly. Where there were slight delays, it was made clear where time would be made back. Whenever I had a question, they were quick to come back with an answer or solution. Communication was excellent. Value engineering was made easy with the break down in costs. They supported through the whole process.

    Overall build and the finish has been to a very high standard. Only issue was with the windows and Reads were quick to get it sorted. The team as a whole were fantastic. We have been very fortunate and it made this building process run incredibly smoothly.

    We are incredibly pleased with the outcome of the building work. Reads worked closely alongside the management team and we worked together effectively to ensure the health and safety of those on site and to ensure the effective running of the schedule.

    We are a rural school with a strong sense of family values and community. Throughout the whole process Reads and their workforce began to feel like our “extended family”.

    Each person was thoroughly professional, and most would go above and beyond. Any questions or concerns were actioned swiftly and efficiently. Communication throughout was excellent. Overall we are thrilled with how the whole process has gone and with the final results.

    We would certainly recommend Reads as a building contractor in the future. A big thank you to everyone involved in the project. The changes made to the building have had an immeasurable impact on our staff and pupils.

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