As part of the secondary school rebuilding programme, the Brompton Academy in Gillingham has been rebuilt.
Work on building a new school building, which would replace all the existing buildings apart from the existing reception building, which was retained and incorporated into the design, commenced in November 2011. Gallagher Ltd was appointed by BAM to undertake the groundworks and external works. The first works were an earthworks cut and fill exercise to enable pedestrians to be diverted around the site as the new site took in the existing footpath, followed by the formation of the site compound. The main works commenced in full in January 2012, with the construction of pad foundation and ground beams, drainage, large soakaways and services installation.
Gallagher left site while the building was constructed, returning to complete a very complex hard landscaping package in September 2012. This phase involved installing all of the paving and kerbs around the building and to all of the car parks.
The building then became live in September 2013, when the students moved out of the old school into the new school, and the demolition package commenced on the old school (by others). Due to asbestos issues, this element of works was not complete until December 2014, when Gallagher returned for the third phase to complete the final external package. Due to the asbestos issues, the client’s budget had run dry, so Gallagher engaged in several months of planning and design meetings with BAM to establish the most cost effective design to complete this scheme, resulting in an agreed lump sum price, taking on design development.
In this third phase (in the winter of 2014) Gallagher undertook RC walls, steps, tarmac, paving, drainage, services and the construction of 2 Muga pitches.
The works were finally complete in April 2015, some 3½ years after the original commencement date.