External ground works South Norwood – Case Study

//External ground works South Norwood – Case Study
external ground works - south norwood infants school
external fencing, tarmac pathway, bespoke gates and school entrance works
external ground works - south norwood infants school
external fencing, tarmac pathway, bespoke gates and school entrance works
external ground works - south norwood infants school
external fencing, tarmac pathway, bespoke gates and school entrance works
external ground works - south norwood infants school
external fencing, tarmac pathway, bespoke gates and school entrance works
external ground works - south norwood infants school
external fencing, tarmac pathway, bespoke gates and school entrance works

external fencing, tarmac pathway, bespoke gates and school entrance works

Project Type: External ground works South Norwood, landscaping and fencing

Project Location: SE24 London

Approx Value: £14,000

Project summary

The purpose of the school undertaking this work was to increase the width of the main school entrance as pedestrian traffic had increased with the opening of a family assessment centre.

The scope of works including the following:

  • install new fencing to match the existing ground fencing
  • extend the school entrance pathway by 2m then tapering off
  • install a new gate into an existing section of fence
  • build a bespoke timber double gate with ironmongery
  • Remove all spoil from site

Methodology

Works began with excavations of the existing pathway. We had to ensure that the heavy machinery we deployed did not ruin the grass field, which butted up to the pathway extension. For this reason, we have to board out the grass sections to reduce damage and avoid a large re-turfing bill!!!!!!

Once the excavations for the new pathway were complete, we then excavate the postholes for the newly installed fencing post line.

The fencing timber had to match  slow grown Siberian larch, which was already installed to the adjoining building.  Now, the lead-time for this timber was 2-3 months, and in construction, that is a lifetime to wait. So we have to order slow grown C16 landscaping timbers and have them treated and cut to size to match the existing fence posts and soldiers.

Installation of the 150 x 150mm landscaping posts is carried out along the pathway and the posts are set into concrete.

Installation of the type 1 mot hard-core is then laid in 150mm layers and mechanically compacted in preparation for the tarmac to be laid.

Once the hard-core is laid, we install the pathway edging set in mortar. These consist of cut to size concrete flagging slabs. They make for a hardwearing, straight edge to the pathway.

The next phase is to lay the tarmac in 50mm depth atop the compacted hard-core. The tarmac arrives hot on the delivery truck and only gives us about 2-3 hours to work it in, get it level and compacted properly.

The next phase of the project was to build two bespoke timber gates using the same timber landscaping post material. The challenge of this work item was to install a new gate in the existing line of a fence run. This required excavation of the existing pathway tarmac to a depth of 800mm with installation of the heavy-duty gatepost to hang the newly installed gate correctly.

We then constructed a new double gate to act as the main pedestrian entrance to the school compound. This gate was constructed with 200 x 200mm landscaping timber posts. The ironmongery used for the gate system was all galvanized heavy-duty units for external use.

Result

Completion of the pathway extension was on time and within budget. The crucial modus operandi of working in schools, is keeping to, and delivering on time. Their is very little scope for overrun on a project such as this, as the pathway was the only entrance option to the school compound. Their was a slight delay in some of the fencing soldiers delivered to site, but we returned after a week to complete the fencing rails.

The premises management were pleased with the outcome of the pathway extension and were impressed with how we managed to match the newly installed timber materials to the existing styles of landscaping fencing.

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By |2018-03-19T14:26:08+00:00February 6th, 2016|Categories: Projects|Tags: External Fencing, School Building Contractor|