The Kings School, Chester
Civil and groundwork’s (as subcontractor to Jimsul Construction Ltd) to create new Art and CDT Classrooms, Junior School Assembly, Staff Room, Music Facility, History Classrooms and Upgrade of Existing Infrastructure
The Kings School was founded by King Henry VIII in 1541 as a school for poor and friendless boys. It grew in size and occupied many different sites in and Chester before moving to its current location on 1960. The Kings School is one of the countries premier private education facilities and foresaw the need to become coeducational in the late 1990’s.
The Kings School needed to expand its current facilities to fully embrace coeducational status and undertook a scheme of development plans with a premier local architects practice in Chester. The contract was awarded to Jimsul Construction Ltd, and we were contracted to carry out all the substructures, infrastructure, external hard and soft landscaping. The project was to be constructed over a 32 week period with simultaneous and phased construction programme adopted to be ready for the first intake of coeducation pupils.
The Kings School project is a prime example of how a successful project can be constructed within a difficult and restrictive environment such as an operational school. Careful and well planned segregation of the working areas from the movement of pupils and staff was paramount. Consideration to the construction programme had to embrace the important exams that were taking place and still manage to deliver the products and services on time and fully functioning without defect. Communication at this level and sensitivity are vital to achieve the goals set out.
4 Crosses Construction Ltd worked flexibly with Jimsul to safely produce a commendable suite of new facilities for the Kings School through close communication without any disruption to the schools continued operation.