Woodmansterne Secondary School

Streatham, Lambeth

Project Details

Lambeth London Borough Council

Project Manager
Faithful and Gould

Peter Taylor Associates Limited

Willmott Dixon

£21.3 million

Contract Period
48 weeks

Procurement Type
Two Stage Open Book Design and Build

Form of Contract
Jct 2011 Minor Works


Level 2 Construct

Project Summary

New 5 full education secondary school with 150 pupil sixth form.

The old and outdated original school building was fully demolished and replaced with a new secondary school which was carefully crafted to compliment both the modern needs of the school environment and that of the neighbouring community.

Procured through the Southern Construction Framework, the new school facilities include a RC Frame/Gebrik Cladding system and Glazing to the envelope, sports hall and changing complex, 4 multi-use games areas including 3G grass surfacing, ICT suite, modern teaching classrooms and attractive new landscaping including specific play areas around the campus.

The community engagement and learning that has happened as a direct result of this team has been phenomenal. I had very low expectations of what contractors can and will deliver in terms of service and engagement! Your team has gone above and beyond for us as a school in a multitude of ways and always with a smile on their face.

Community Engagement

  • Urban Beach Programme for Inner City Schools

Due to the temporary loss of access to the schools’ ecological area, the site team have developed an Urban Beach Programme to bring the coast to city pupils, raising their awareness of the coastal environment and the need to protect it. Woodmansterne school is the pilot for the Urban Beach Programme, and is partnered with the Marine Conservation Society, with Willmott Dixon fully funding the pilot programme by providing resources, staff and funding the coach trip to the Grain Coastal Park.

It is based on the Wildbeach programme developed by the wildlife Trusts and has been fully adapted to be delivered in inner city schools with the aim to get the children to the beach by the end of the programme. A new topic is introduced each week covering areas such as species ID, tides, human impact, food webs, marine processes and more.
The programme began with two year 3 classes of 30 and ran for 6 weeks, culminating in a field trip to the beach. The majority of the sessions are delivered in the school field to promote outdoor learning.

Local volunteers were sought through the Marine Conservation Society, providing an opportunity for anyone looking for a career in marine education.
The programme will continue with one of the volunteers taking over the project to deliver to the next year group selected by the school. The Marine Conservation Society is also looking out for the right candidate so this can be rolled out to other schools.

  • Student Workshops

Our team took part in many workshops with the students, telling them about the roles available in construction and the opportunities for women in the industry.

  • Community Fridge

The school also created a community fridge (food bank) on site which was sponsored by the local Co-Op with daily food deliveries. This was located in a position to allow local residents, pupils and staff to get free food with no questions asked. The team was delighted to move this into the permanent landscaping allowing the school to continue its use going forward. Student Workshops

Key Challenges

Temporary loss of access to the schools’ ecological area.

Working in a live school environment

High groundwater table

Working within close proximity of private neighbours

Project Takeaways

Our Success

  • CCS score 47/50
  • End user KPI 10/10
  • Contractor performance 9/10

Value Added

  • Achieved 19% added value

KPI’s & Statistics

  • 4 apprentices
  • Agile working applied
  • Completed ahead of programme
  • On budget

Contact: Guy Dawes, Framework Manager

Email: Guy.dawes@Willmottdixon.co.uk


Contact: Erika Buckenham, Framework Coordinator

Email: Erika.buckenham@Willmottdixon.co.uk