Thurrock Council is recruiting a multidisciplinary design team for a £1.85 million expansion of St Clere’s School in Stanford Le Hope
The winner of the £100,000-to-£500,000 contract will draw up plans for a new two-storey teaching block containing six classrooms, toilets, break out rooms and a lift.
The project will also deliver a second-storey extension above an existing school building, featuring two classrooms and an enlarged classroom. The dining hall and main entrance will also be remodelled and enlarged.
In its brief, the council says: ‘The demand for pupil places has increased significantly, over the last few months we have seen a large increase in “in-year” admissions from families moving into the authority. The demand does not appear to be slowing, and this level of demand has not been seen before. This is putting greater pressures on places, and steps need to be taken now to further increase capacity within schools.
‘The council’s requirement under this contract is for the provision of a multidiscipline design team for a school expansion construction project. The design consultancy will be required to provide a professional multidiscipline team for the employer, and act as employer’s agent.’
Stanford Le Hope is a small commuter town in Essex around 38km from London. The settlement was home to Joseph Conrad whose opening dramatic chapter to The Heart of Darkness is set in the nearby Thames Estuary.
St Clere’s School was set up in 1979 on Butts Lane in the town’s southern outskirts, and today has more than 1,000 pupils. Nearby landmarks include the historic Coalhouse Fort and the new London Gateway deep-water port.
Chelmsford-based surveyor Alderton Associates has already competed a feasibility study for the project. The winning team will deliver the project under a traditional appointment with the local authority. It is planned to complete in 2019.
The deadline for applications is 1 August.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information