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Sector: Education
Service: Building Surveying | Cost Consultancy | Project Management

Client: The Redstart Learning Partnership Trust & Ashill Primary School

Project: Decarbonisation, Safeguarding & Building Improvements

Contract: £360,000

Ashill is a small primary academy, situated in Ilminster with approximately 60 pupils. It is part of the Redstart Learning Partnership Trust and is supported by local villages and communities.

The main building is actually the original school building which is over 100 years old. Over the past few years Hookway has undertaken CIF bid applications for the school and helped deliver a number of successful improvement projects relating to decarbonisation, safeguarding and building improvements.

We have provided full client support services for all of these projects from initial CIF bid writing to acheive funding to project management and compliance monitoring during the building works and ongoing professional advice throughout.

Project 1: CIF Safeguarding Improvements

Safeguarding improvements for the school included installing a secure, fit-for-purpose boundary fence. This not only improved safeguarding and security, but also enhanced the aesthetics of the school’s playground and Forest School. New automation installed on access gates and external doors further improved site security.

Project 2: CIF Window & Door Renewal

To improve the energy efficiency of the school building all of the existing single glazed timber windows were removed and replaced with thermally efficient, double glazed aluminium windows. External doors were also replaced with modern, aluminium units in the school’s red colour. These new windows play a significant part keeping the internal spaces comfortable, well-ventilated and safe. The school has also benefitted from reduced energy bills since the new double glazing has been installed.

Project 3: CIF Heating System Replacement

As part of decarbonisation works carried out for the school, the existing oil-fired boiler is being replaced with a VRF and multi-split air conditioning system. This removes the use of fossil fuels in favour of a more carbon-friendly alternative.

The new VRF system will provide heating and cooling into the main school building and significantly reduce running costs and energy bills. Removing the large panel radiators, pipework and boxing will also free up additional classroom space for pupils whilst also removing potential hazards such as leaks and scalding.

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“Hookway was instrumental in securing The Redstart Learning Partnership schools crucial Salix LCSF funding. This grant will provide us with invaluable energy appraisal surveys, which will greatly enhance our chances of being awarded PSDS capital funding for decarbonisation projects. ”

“Hookway have been excellent and our English block looks and feels like a new building. ”

“Our old sports hall has now been transformed into a multi-purpose performance space with a professional stage lighting and sound rig. What a transformation! Tom Bishop from Hookway listened very carefully to our requirements and then went about designing the new Norton Hill Arts Theatre. With cherry panelling and sound absorbent materials the main room has amazing acoustics, perfect for concerts and performances alike.”