CD Hood Ltd, commercial builders in Cambridge, realise that this can take some careful consideration, and is down to both the school’s individual requirements and needs. If for example there is a leaking roof, then this will need to be repaired or replaced, as well as if a boiler that is nearly 20 years old, then provisions will be need to be put in place for its replacement.
A building will also need to be checked by a surveyor, who will in most cases provide an appraisal of the buildings condition, to make sure there is no asbestos present, or if the electrical wiring needs replacing or if the structure dates back to 1950’s whether there is any high alumina cement concrete on the site.
A possible survey of your school might include:
• Geotechnical – making sure the foundations of the building can be determined, taking into consideration historical drawings, any possibility of contamination, the level of the water table underneath and if there are any obstructions.
• Structural – this will explore the type and scope for any structural survey needed, and will be determined by a structural engineer of the design team, these will include electrical and mechanical. • Service below ground – these are harder to complete, and trial holes might need to be necessary to find out where they have been laid.
• Asbestos – there are three main types of asbestos, these include:
Chrysotile, this is a white curly fiber. Chrysotile accounts for 90% of asbestos products. Amosite, this is brown or grey, with straight fibers. Crocidolite, this is blue and has straight fibers, and is a member of the amphibole group
• Disability Discrimination Act – the shortcomings in buildings might be quite obvious, such as poor access for wheel chair users, but it will probably be worth obtaining a comprehensive assessment from a specialist. The outcome of this surveyor will enable your school to make choices about what needs to be kept, what can be repaired and what needs to be got rid of.
If you are planning your school refurbishment, then give CD Hood Commercial builders a call, we work throughout Cambridgeshire, Essex and Herts, we have a vast amount of experience in the school sector, which can be the difference between a project going slowly and not, the photograph is part of the development we completed for St Christopher's School - Why not check out some of the other school projects we have work on @ http://www.cdhood.co.uk/projects