Thursday, 24 February 2011
Combining New and Refurbished Buildings
This week, I was fortunate to be able to visit the construction site of a project I have been involved with for some time, in London. The build involves a considerable amount of new build integrated with a Victorian Board School which is being completely refurbished.
This BSF project, obviously agreed before Mr Gove's spending cuts, will create a truly inspiring school in an area of considerable disadvantage - it will be fab! Walking around though, it is easy to see the issues concerning refurbishment of old buildings. The new structure is moving rapidly ahead, the refurbishment, whilst just on schedule, continues to reveal significant issue after after significant issue, that escaped the most thorough of surveys. All these have the potential to add delays, cost money and impact negatively on the overall programme and they keep emerging!
I wonder how much people really want to try and make old, currently not fit for purpose buildings fit for Third Millenium learning, no matter what it takes?