OUR WORK

MARRIOTT & LONSDALE SCHOOLS


Atom Consultants played an integral part in Balfour Beatty winning the bid for the Hertfordshire Building Schools for the Future programme (BSF) and came up with a ground breaking industry standard for modular school builds. Unfortunately, this £1.3 billion project got later scrapped by the government and only 2 out of the 100 schools pledged got built. These prototype schools were Marriott and Lonsdale in Stevenage, Herts.

The key objective to Hertfordshire council was to reduce the expenditure on educational facilities, while addressing the increasing capacity needs, providing equal quality of education and maximising the value of existing assets. The predominantly ’60s and ’70s estate, built according to the SEAC/Hill System ( South Eastern Architects Collaboration) needed revamping and a more fitting System Build Method was sought, while still realising significant and rapid economies of production and scale. Atom’s challenge was to come up with a modular method, which would complement as well as fit into existing SEAC build. Hence a BBSB (Balfour Beatty System Build), later renamed to BBi600, was born.

Key advantages of BBi600 are:

  • Deliverability, complete testing, factory commissioning
  • Improved flexibility
  • Expanded product/component range and specifications
  • Better established construction programme and continuous improvement
  • Demonstration of quality to HCC and schools
  • utilisation of smart components to increase efficiency and cost effectiveness
  • creation of flexible, adaptable spaces, which are light, generous, comfortable and well ventilated as well as flexible

All internal components were also delivered in a modular method, i.e. all toilet pods, external facades, wall systems, ICT hubs, stair cores and sports halls were manufactured off-site and later installed on site. What’s more, the components were designed to be adjustable to further enhance design flexibility.

BBi600 has set a new industry standard to school builds in UK and is currently used to develop leading edge educational facilities for our future generations every day.

EDUCATION:

” The implementation of Off-Site manufacture for this school delivery programme was an essential part of our winning bid. Atom Consultants helped us develop this exceptional new delivery method for schools and provided our bid team with many highly detailed images which helped explain our proposals to the Clients team. “

Jim Tolputt
Managing Director
Balfour Beatty Scottish & Southern

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OTHER PROJECTS

Nairn’s Oatcakes- Edinburgh

A previous brown-field site was developed into a brand new BRC Compliant gluten-free production facility for Nairn’s gluten-free biscuits and oatcakes, obtaining a top rating during their first BRC audit in 2017. The spend matched the budget and the project was delivered on time helping to meet extremely tight deadlines.

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Bromley South Central St. Mark’s Square

The mixed-use Public Private Partnership scheme development includes a landscaped public plaza surrounded by a nine screen multiplex VUE cinema, 25,000 sq ft of cafés and restaurants including PizzaExpress, Dean’s Diner, Prezzo, Las Iguanas, Nando’s and Turtle Bay, a 130-bed Premier Inn hotel, 200 private and affordable apartments and a new 400 space secure underground car park.

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Vauxhall Underground Station- London

The Vauxhall Underground Station modernisation is part of Transport for London’s ongoing investment into London’s public transport network to support economic growth and employment opportunities.

The £36m project entailed reconfiguration of the station’s ticket hall to accommodate extra ticket gates and wide-aisle gates, as well as the refurbishment of the stations’ subways, ticket hall and stairs. The main part of the project was to make the access to the station step-free, enabling the station to handle 40% more passengers by installing a new shaft and lift between the ticket hall and platforms. A particular challenge was posed by the station remaining fully operational while the construction work took place between 2014 and 2016.

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Winton Primary School Sports Hall- London

The London Borough of Islington had a requirement for a new sports hall to be used out-of-hours by the local community and it was to be built on the roof of and existing school- Winton Primary School.

To minimise disruption to this ‘live’ site, a modular approach was adopted. All components of the build were pre-fabricated, starting from the structural steel wall and roof panels and ending with the beautiful western red cedar clad external facade.

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Providence Tower, Providence Wharf – London’s Docklands

Providence Tower stands at a breath-taking 43 storeys and is the jewel in the crown of the New Providence Wharf development – a stunning riverside community in London’s Docklands. These premier river-view apartments have far-reaching views over the River Thames, being one of the tallest residential towers in London, and a sky-bar atop the building gives residents the ultimate vantage point thanks to 360 degrees of uninterrupted glazing.

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