Diamond Build PLC has completed the first phase of an £8m project, which will transform facilities at one of England’s oldest preparatory schools.

The successful handover provides Homefield Preparatory School with a new building comprising 14 classrooms. The completion was celebrated with the burial of a time capsule under a glass pane in the floor.

Staff and boys at Homefield Prep chose the items to include in the capsule, which range from photos and poems through to footage showing current classroom technology. The plan is for the boys to come back to the school in 50 years’ time to reveal the capsule to its future students.

The Diamond Build PLC team has now begun work on phase two, which will see an existing teaching block demolished and replaced with a two-storey performance hall and dining room. New music facilities, an ICT room and library will also be created. The final phase will include the construction of an all-weather sports pitch as well as extensive landscaping and access improvements.

Michael Celoro, project manager at Diamond Build PLC: “This project involves a significant amount of demolition work, so it has been very carefully phased to minimise any disruption. We are working to a programme that enables pupils and staff to safely relocate into new parts of the scheme, so that we can seamlessly deliver the other elements.

“The completed buildings and facilities will provide the highest standards of accommodation for the boys and transform the whole estate.”

Designed by architects Ingleton Wood, the redevelopment marks the school’s 150th anniversary and is scheduled to be complete by late summer 2021. To enhance the school’s environmental credentials there will be solar power, low energy underfloor heating and a green roof.

John Towers, Headmaster at Homefield Prep added: “The whole project was developed on the proviso that the school needed to remain a working entity throughout the build, with as little disruption to the daily school routine as possible. We are thrilled with how things have progressed so far.”

Based in Sutton, Surrey, Homefield Prep in an independent day school for boys aged 4 – 13 years.

Diamond Build has completed a £5.7m project that will provide enhanced facilities at a school for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

Located in the London Borough of Merton, Cricket Green School welcomes children aged four to 19 with complex and varied needs. Diamond Build was appointed as the main contractor for the project, which included the construction of a new two-storey building featuring nine new classrooms. Two existing buildings were also extended to create a new reception, meeting room and play therapy area as well as a larger school hall and music hub.

Targeted to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating, the new building has been constructed with a highly insulated building fabric, a green roof and solar panels.  As dismantling, recycling or reusing building components is one of the performance criteria outlined in BREEAM, Diamond Build sought to do this throughout the construction process, including recycling timber to create a new allotment shed for the children.

The construction programme spanned 20 months and the school remained open throughout the works, so was delivered in phases.

Michael Celoro, Project Manager at Diamond Build, said: “Working on a live site required careful coordination with the school to prioritise health and safety and ensure any disruption was minimised. As children with SEND can be more sensitive to sound, noise was another important consideration. It was vital that we made the school aware of any loud construction work so that they could prepare by taking the children off site when necessary or by providing headphones.”

Diamond Build’s site team also rolled out an engagement programme to help sensitively engage and involve the children in the building work.

Michael continued: “At the beginning of the programme, we sat down with the teaching staff to discuss and agree a programme of carefully planned and tailored activities. These were aimed at involving children of all ages in the building journey and enhancing their learning experiences and life skills.”

Speaking about the construction process and new facilities, Celia Dawson, Headteacher at Cricket Green School, added: “Our experience with Diamond Build was very good from day one. Thanks to the project manager’s skills and knowledge we felt included in the process and listened to if we had any issues or concerns.

“We particularly benefited from the way our pupil’s needs were considered. The Diamond Build team engaged all children in the build and in many different and imaginative ways, and always age appropriately.

“We now have a wonderful new building, which is not only smart and fit-for-purpose, but which is universally appreciated and enjoyed. We feel so proud of all that has been achieved and the positive messages it gives to our pupils, parents, staff and the wider community.”

The school’s expansion was designed by architects Hamson Barron Smith.

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Diamond Build PLC are delighted to confirm we have successfully secured the construction contract for the new fitness studio and gym expansion block for Kingsdale Foundation School.

The project value is £2,400,000 and will be undertaken over a period of 28 weeks. The new facility is both progressive and innovative, and will undoubtedly help promote meaningful exercise development and enhance further the school’s reputation for sporting excellence.

Tom Weal, Diamond Build’s senior contracts manager for this scheme, commented: “Diamond Build are delighted to be working in partnership with the Foundation and Barker Associates on this prestigious new project. The external facade design will certainly bring a very contemporary look to what will be a fantastic new facility”.

Diamond Build were pleased to recently complete a £2.3m contract for the Woodberry Down Primary School, in collaboration with the London Borough of Hackney.

The works included a new build canteen/dining hall extension, new kitchen and three new build classrooms with connecting glazed corridor. A new lift was also installed together with ramps and handrails, classroom and office refurbishment undertaken, new toilets installed, and a structural party wall rebuilt.

We always seek to work closely with our Clients and we enjoyed the good working relationship that developed with the School’s senior and teaching staff, together with Hackney’s representatives.

Woodberry Down School - Exterior of new build classrooms

The pupils and teachers at the School are really enjoying their new facilities and have created a “time-lapse movie” of our construction works. Feedback from the School’s Headmaster on Hackney’s newly completed works and additional facilities has praised the “…exquisite dining room, kitchen and fabulous classrooms.”

The whole Diamond Build team (including our Project Manager, ‘Michael the Builder’ Celoro, as he was known by the School) would like to say how proud we are to have delivered these new facilities for Woodberry Down.

Diamond Build always seek to provide continuity of service and we were therefore delighted to be able to re-assign our successful team, already familiar to the London Borough of Wandsworth’s Residents from other similar contracts, to this recent £900k contract on the Convent Estate. As with a number of our similar previous projects for Wandsworth, we completed the works ahead of schedule – by a full eight weeks on this contract.

The scope of works included PVCu window renewal, external concrete, render / brickwork repairs, and communal redecorations, which were all undertaken to occupied residential blocks. Extract fans were also installed within kitchens and bathrooms.

Convent Estate - Wandsworth

As part of this project, we also completed window replacement and communal redecorations to the Frances Snary Lodge. While our Resident Liaison Officer looked after all the addresses within the scope of this contract, particular attention was paid to the Lodge’s sensitive environment where the majority of the occupants were elderly and often infirm. We therefore met daily with the staff to ensure our planned works would not disturb their routines and activities.

Positive feedback from our Client Satisfaction Completion Questionnaire has included the Wandsworth Project Controller reporting “Good communication from the site team” and a “Quality service completed ahead of programme, very well planned upfront.”

We have since been awarded an additional £2.4m contract by Wandsworth for similar works on the Alton Estate, a location on which we have previously worked, and to which we have once again assigned our dedicated contract team.

Ashburton Estate 1 Diamond Build

Over a two year period, Diamond Build’s South London team successfully delivered two concurrent large scale refurbishment projects for our long-term Client, The London Borough of Wandsworth.

Ashburton Estate (£2.4m) and Convent Estate (£950k) were both completed ahead of schedule – Ashburton Estate by seven weeks and Convent Estate by eight weeks.

Both projects required window renewal, concrete, slate and brick repairs, external and internal redecorations to communal areas and fencing repairs. Complex scaffolds were implemented to enable the window renewals to be undertaken from outside the building, and to facilitate structural repairs.

Ashburton Estate - Wandsworth

Ashburton Estate

Diamond Build appointed the same team who had previously completed works at Antrim House for the same Client, including Senior Contracts Manager, Terry Driver.

Asked about the works Terry has said:

“Both contracts were large scale undertakings and it was vitally important to select and mobilise the most appropriate subcontractors in terms of size and expertise. Our approved supply chain enabled us to call on the services of trusted subcontractors who we knew would provide good work.

Consideration to the residents and flexibility within the programme structure was of paramount importance. As we were guests working within people’s homes, efficient communications and one-to-one consultations were key.

Good resident and leaseholder management was handled by our Resident Liaison Officers (RLOs) Christine O’Brien and Mark Rule, and Site Manager, Wayne Chatten, minimising disruption to the daily lives of those living on the estates.

“Our focused approach at Ashburton for example enabled us to complete the works to 300 dwellings in less than a year.”

Ashburton Estate - Wandsworth

Convent Estate

The internal and external renewals at Ashburton Estate were spread across 3 medium rise and 3 low rise tower blocks, while at Convent Estate the scope comprised 131 properties in low rise blocks.

Wandsworth themselves were intent that Residents at the Ashburton Estate should take ownership of the refurbishment process and a ballot was held to choose the external painted render panels of each block, with assistance from our RLOs.

Positive resident satisfaction surveys gave encouraging feedback for these projects and a National Bronze Considerate Constructors Site Safety Award was received.

We were pleased to begin £2.4m of works on the Alton Estate for the Borough, after a further successful bid.

Diamond Build were pleased to assist the Hounslow School’s Expansion Programme with the successful delivery of £1.3m of extensive works to the Wellington Primary School in Middlesex.

A complete new junior school was built during a 34 week period together with the remodelling of the existing primary school buildings, the extension of three reception classrooms and a nursery for infant use.

We also installed a large free-standing canopy to protect the children from the rain, and enabled essential additional work space by enlarging the staff room, library, office and group room.

The construction of a studio classroom and meeting room was also completed, together with the creation of new office space and toilet extensions.

Wellington Primary School - North Extension

Wellington Primary School – New Junior Extension- North

This phased project was undertaken within a very tight footprint on site, with the majority of the works completed with the staff and children in occupation.

This was a familiar challenge which Diamond Build efficiently met through effective noise reduction and “safe-zone” initiatives in which acoustic walls were formed within the classrooms. These created temporary whiteboards that the children re-painted and decorated with pictures to create a vibrant and colourful media wall.

Weekend working was implemented during the exam period to ensure that noisy works did not interfere with the pupil’s preparation for SATS.

As reported on the Wellington School website, the children enjoyed the construction experience, especially “as the building work was going on right outside their windows”, and they drew up plans of what they thought the new classrooms would look like “inside and out.”

As one Year 2 pupil declared:

“It’s so exciting because our teacher has let us move all our tables and put new displays up! Now the class looks very nice.”

Wellington School - West Extension

Wellington Primary School – New Junior Extension – West

A progress meeting was held every morning with the Head Teacher to inform the school of the day’s proposed works to ensure this would not interfere with their daily routine.

The work of our Contract and Site Management, Wayne Chatten in particular was commended by the school, and the whole team’s diligence by Hounslow’s representative in their Client feedback.

Through an initiative prompted by Contracts Manager Terry Driver, Diamond Build were able to provide cost savings through the re-use of windows and doors that had been upgraded only two years previously, after cleaning and upgrading their furniture as part of the overall refurbishment.

Diamond Build are proud to have supported both Hounslow and the school with the delivery of this project.

Basildon Triangle Centre 1 Diamond Build

After a devastating fire in 2013, Diamond Build have successfully completed the reconstruction of the Triangle Shopping Centre for Basildon Borough Council.

The complex was officially opened in a ribbon cutting ceremony by the MP Stephen Metcalfe and Basildon Mayor Don Morris on Friday 20 November 2015.

The Triangle Centre - Diamond Build Hand Over

In addition to the six retail units, incorporating a local Post Office, the complex includes residential accommodation in the form of 4 two bedroom apartments and 1 one bedroom apartment above the shops, offering increased security for the units below.

The new dwellings were fitted out to a high specification in preparation for private rental through the Council’s housing management company, Sempra Homes.

Apartment Interior

The rebuilding of the parade presented the opportunity to deliver a better layout and improvements to the appearance and safety of the area.

All commercial tenants were entitled to return to their respective properties upon completion, and building works were undertaken whilst one of the leaseholders continued trading on site from a temporary unit.

The project was overseen by our Senior Contracts Manager, Walter Reed, who has previously worked with Basildon Council on the substantial refurbishment of the Basildon Centre.

Diamond Build Director Paul Hoskins said: “Diamond Build are delighted to have been involved in the development of the Triangle Centre and believe the scheme will no doubt transform the community and leave a lasting legacy.

Working with Basildon Council we have enjoyed the opportunity of procuring local trades through our supply chain and have employed an apprentice, all of which we believe has benefitted the community.”

Jed Godfrey from Rayleigh was employed on the project while studying at college as part of his construction apprenticeship.

In a newspaper interview with The Enquirer, local Councillor Stuart Sullivan said:

“The development looks fantastic and is a vast improvement on the previous parade. The people of Langdon Hills will benefit from this facility for years to come.”

Diamond Build to commence conversion of Perth Road site in partnership with London Borough of Redbridge. Valued at around three quarters of a million, the conversion and internal remodelling of the 1986/87 office block to a hostel will provide twenty three family bedrooms along with associated facilities including communal kitchens, bathrooms, and toilet facilities on each floor. Electrical, Heating, Cold water services and Mechanical ventilation are to be upgraded to provide a safe and comfortable environment.

The project builds on Diamond Build expertise in delivering sheltered accommodation having recently completed various schemes in both Hammersmith and Fulham.

Diamond Build plc successfully completed their first project with the Girls Day School Trust on time.

The project at Bromley School entail the modernisation of changing rooms and toilets over the summer recess. As a consequence it was imperative the Facilities were available for the return of the pupil.

Key to our success was the use of prefabricated and in particular the design management of these goods

The facilities manager made mention that Diamond Build were the must considerate and tidy contractor he had worked with at the school.