Client: Kingston Grammar School
James Cracknell may have learn’t to row out of this boathouse, but in more recent times, the boat club’s facilities did not serve the users of the boat club that well. The pontoon was small and unsafe and no adequate slipway was available to launch coaching and safety craft.
Our remit was to build a state of the art pontoon and slipway with associated paving and landscaping to serve the increasingly large population of rowers.
Care needed to be taken because many of the users were school children. It was decided to carry out the works in the summer months during the school holidays to avoid disruption to students.
A structural engineer was consulted to design the pontoon. This was no mean feat. Hazards such as the river level changing frequently would need needed to be mitigated.
The build took place over the summer months during the school holidays. The project involved piles driven into the ground, a concrete base, metal sheeting to hold back the water levels and over 500 sq metres of paving and associated landscaping. Before works commenced, our health & safety manager, the CDM coordinator, the project manager, and the engineer met onsite to discuss the programme of works. Once the programme was agreed each stakeholder signed off the project with a view to meeting regularly throughout the works.
The works commenced on schedule. Where possible, we used our own resources and limited the use of subcontractors. The total project took 10 weeks to complete. If variation orders were issued these were fed back to the programme director and quantity surveyor for a possible reallocation of resources.
With the help of our CDM coordinator, we located the services of statutory undertakers. Where necessary, we maders of paving and associated landscaping.
The users now have a safe, secure, and more than adequate facility to serve them for a long period. Before we left site, we met with the various stakeholders associated with the project to resolve any issues and ask for sign-off.
Feedback to our projects is always welcome – that is one of the ways that helps to improve our service. The feedback so far has been positive. The school will closely monitor progress over the coming months to ensure that the improvements continue to offer the benefits required.