AHR BUILDING CONSULTANCY HAS PROVIDED SERVICES THROUGH A NUMBER OF COMMISSIONS WITH THE HARRIS FEDERATION. FOR ONE OF THESE COMMISSIONS, AHR WAS APPOINTED TO PREPARE A FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE EXTENSION TO THE LEARNING RESOURCE CENTRE AT THE HARRIS ACADEMY, BERMONDSEY.
The original building was fire engineered, and a key aspect of the feasibility study was the identification of how infill would integrate with and affect existing ventilation, acoustic and fire strategies. Great care was taken in studying existing records and physically inspecting the building. This involved opening up to confirm as-built structural details, inclusion within our team of the original Approved Inspector and the appointment of a Fire Engineer for a small but important verification exercise.
This led to AHR providing a full programme of Design and Contract Management services for a project providing 120 m² of additional floor space within an existing mezzanine, sited above an existing ICT suite.
AHR acted as Design Team Lead and Contract Administrator, and provided a team consisting of a Cost Consultant, CDM Coordinator, M&E consultant, Structural Engineering consultant, Approved Inspector and Fire Engineering consultant. Management, programming and phasing of the works were critical to ensuring success in delivering the objectives. AHR worked particularly closely with the Academy Principal and Head of Facilities Management to develop a procurement and construction programme. This included minimising the amount of work undertaken during term time, completing the extension of the Learning Resource Centre with minimal disruption to the existing school and having the Centre ready for use for the new term.