Stepney Green School, London
School refurbishment projects are one of several areas of expertise for SEH Commercial, the property improvement specialists. The company has recently modernised the impressive 7-storey Stepney Green School in east London by replacing 196 ageing aluminium window frames with state-of-the-art PVC-u units to improve sound & heat insulation in the classrooms. The programme was completed in less than 5 weeks during the school’s summer holidays.
Stepney Green School is an impressive building, with 7 floors of classrooms and offices catering for 900 students aged 11 to 16 years old. Over 50 teachers and a similar number of administrative staff serve students largely from the local Bangladeshi community set between the City on one side and the stunning new Olympic village in Stratford on the other.
The building originally featured traditional Crittall windows which had weathered the conditions for many years but that were in need of upgrading. Based under the flight path of both Heathrow and London City airports, noise insulation in the classrooms needed improving to help students’ maintain concentration whilst the single glazed frames would too readily waste energy through heat loss to the outside.
The concrete building facade was also in need of smartening up and Slough-based Structural Renovations Ltd, experts in structural repair and refurbishment, was the company carefully selected to handle the project by the Tower Hamlets Schools facilities management provider, G4S FM, with an initial brief to refurbish the south elevation of the building. Structural Renovations Ltd, is an approved applicator of the major specialist materials manufacturers and can offer a number of the latest concrete repair techniques.
SEH Commercial was contracted by Structural Renovations to handle the window replacement project. Andrew Muirhead, from Structural Renovations, explains why he selected SEH Commercial:
“We looked at tenders from other companies and favoured SEH Commercial due to their manufacturing capacity as well as their real window knowledge. We felt more secure dealing with window people rather than fitters.”
SEH Commercial created a schedule to suit the tight programme; 5 teams of specialists were charged with extracting the original aluminium frames before inserting temporary window blanks – PVC-u panels – to enable Structural Renovations to handle the concrete repairs around the building. Once the concrete was complete, SEH Commercial operatives returned to finish the installation and finishing of the PVC-u frames.
“The installation has been a very positive experience,” says Andrew. “The relationship between my company and SEH Commercial has worked very well and the elevation that has been completed looks fantastic. The local authority thinks it’s marvellous.”
G4S FM specialises in facilities management and support services in secure and critical environments, supporting the efficient delivery of front line services for both the public and private sector. It designs and operates facilities and provides management services to customers that include schools, the Government, the NHS and the police, as well as the private sector.
Steve Morris is the G4S FM life cycle manager for its Tower Hamlet Schools contract and is responsible for the Stepney Green School building: “It was a very proficient job. The school is very pleased and we’re happy to talk to SEH Commercial for future projects.”