All premises, including educational establishments, periodically need building work. This may involve completely rebuilding structures or extensive renovation work.
The construction work required may include refurbishment, repairs, rebuilding, or extending an existing building. Project aims might be focussed on modernisation or simply to improve functionality. Additionally, educational premises need regular routine maintenance, ensuring they remain in good repair.
Risk assessment for construction work in schools
From maintenance work to demolition, a risk assessment must take place before any construction work begins. Maintaining construction safety in the education sector, particularly in schools, presents a unique set of challenges and hazards.
Young people educated onsite may not understand the risks involved at building sites. Traffic related to the construction work can cause disruption and, in some cases, serious accidents. This can be a particular problem during busy times when crowds of parents and children are entering or exiting schools. Controlling and managing contractor access to school sites can protect pupils from possible harm.
Reducing risks onsite
Whenever possible, the majority of work should be planned to coincide with school holidays to reduce risk. Long summer holidays can be ideal times for construction work to be carried out. However, sometimes the work must take place when schools are open.
Works on occupied sites
School heads and contractors must work closely together. Clear communication and a regularly updated phase plan can help prevent accidents. With careful organisation, the head teacher can regularly brief pupils, staff, and visitors. Establishing clear onsite health and safety policies and keeping everyone informed about timing and any planning adjustments is vital.
Regular site inspections can isolate potential problems before they become a danger. Contractors must hold regular meetings with school heads as construction works progress. Any health and safety issues identified can then be remedied.
Experts in education sector construction
Owned by the North West Academies Trust, Rudheath School was the victim of an arson attack in 2018. As a result, the building suffered severe damage to its roof. This led to destruction of halls, classrooms, and key facilities.
BuildzoneUK Ltd returned the school to active service with initial emergency repairs. We sectioned off the damaged area, which allowed our team to work with minimal disruption while keeping staff and pupils safe.
Work included reconstructing the roof, excavation, and extensive internal repairs. We also installed an energy efficient heating system and performed further refurbishment. We worked with the client’s interior designer, ensuring all work met the brief and budget.
With the experience gained working on projects like Rudheath School, our professional team are well-equipped to take on projects withint the education sector.
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