Case Study


Worthington Primary School Extension – Completion

Sale, Manchester

Trafford Council
Sale, Manchester
May 2020
October 2020
Form of Contract
Delivery Type
Design and Construct

Construction of a new two storey extension to the existing school. The new building provided four additional classrooms as well as new WC facilities and platform lift that will enable the school to increase its annual admissions rate from 45 to 60.

The school remained in occupation for teachers and key workers during the construction period, which took place using new site operating procedures in line with Government guidance due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and work was completed with no delays.

Wates also delivered the £1.1m Park Road Sale Primary School for Trafford Council in 2017 which included three extensions to the existing school building to accommodate additional classrooms and working areas to meet the increased demand for school places in the area.

The project scope of works included:
• Project surveys to determine a suitable location for the school of the new extension
• Design of the project from RIBA Stage 1 to Stage 7
• Relocation of the existing attenuation tank and installation of new drainage
• Formation of new hard play area for the pupils
• Relocation and formation of new disabled parking area, delivery yard and bin store including new fencing layout
• Relocation and installation of new cycle and scooter shelters
• Completion of new soft landscaping including new trees and grassed area.


Social value activities
• A new flagged path and installation of a ramp was provided for an NHS nurse along with locks and hold down bolts to secure her scooter*
• A local tenant situated near the entrance to the site required timber to repair his fencing to the back of his garden, Wates stripped and de-nailed pallets to provide the tenant with timber to repair his fence
• Added more space for school pupils to play by tarmacking additional areas of the playground which were not in the original scope of works
• Large timber units which were no longer required were removed and broken down to provide local residents with the timber which could then be used for raised flower beds

*Justin Coleman, Wates Project Manager, found out that a nurse, Amy, who works in the infectious disease and Covid-19 wards at North Manchester General Hospital, had recently bought a scooter which was stolen from outside of her property. When Justin found out what had happened he contacted Amy to see if he could help her. Amy explained that she could only park her scooter on the road due to the condition of the pathway in her garden and when the scooter was found it was so
badly damaged, that her insurance company deemed it a write-off. Justin, with the support of the local supply chain, transformed what was a pathway of loose stones into a flagged, ramped pathway and also provided Amy with a heavy-duty lock to secure her new scooter safely on her property.

“Thank you to Justin Coleman, the Wates team and your Supply Chain for all the work they did. Having the garden paved and a ramp put in has helped me enormously by allowing me to have secure parking when I am not at work caring for patients during this pandemic. I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness in making this possible. It has made a difference to myself, being able to feel secure about my vehicle and not having to worry about the possibility of it being stolen on the main road.” Amy Stuart, NHS Nurse at North Manchester General Hospital

“To Justin Coleman, to you and your entire workforce, may we say a very big thank you, for how the project has been conducted. It appears to have run quite smoothly; little noise and disruption, also such a clean and tidy site. May we just add that everybody has been kind and friendly when I have walked past each day with the dogs, and the building looks nice too. Thank you again.” Christine and John, local residents to the school

“From the moment we began working with Wates, I have been struck by the incredibly professional demeanour of every team member and at the prompt and effective management of the project. I am more than delighted with the progress against all timescales and working with Wates has been a complete pleasure.” Mr C Searle, Head Teacher at Worthington Primary School

“I would like to say thank you to the site team for delivering a fantastic facility for the school at such trying times. The management of the contract by the Wates has been exemplary. As Project Manager I can’t tell you how smoothly this project has been delivered from the Initial meeting to the completion, the Design Management was excellent working through any challenges, the team pulled together and achieved the programmed dates. The site setup is one of the best I have ever seen, and additional mess cabins ensured social distancing was possible for all staff. The extension looks fantastic and in my opinion looks like it’s always been there.” John Ramsbottom, Project Manager, Amey Consulting

“The success of this project can be seen in the quality of the extension at the school and how it is already enabling more children to thrive in education. We have helped create an inspiring place for children to learn as well as provide training and employment opportunities for local people. This is at the very heart of the Wates ethos of creating tomorrow together.Richard Evans, Key Account Director, Wates Smartspace