Brunel Primary Academy

  • Location Saltash, Cornwall
  • Main Contractor TEC Construction
  • Client Bridge Multi-Academy Trust
  • Value Medium Project
  • Date Completed November 2017

Bridge Multi-Academy Trust consist of 14 Primary Schools throughout Cornwall.

We were employed to undertake a full turnkey operation for a new kitchen at Brunel Primary Academy which would fit within the pre-war school building. We had to work with specific deadlines and with other trades including ventilation and ceiling installation specialists.

Our works included:

  • Full strip out of existing equipment, electrics, plumbing and heating pipes.
  • Asbestos removal organised
  • Walls prepared and squared off.
  • Foodsafe hygienic wall cladding and anti-slip flooring installed.
  • Full re-wire
  • New plumbing
  • Heating boiler
  • Ventilation system
  • New suspended ceiling
  • New fire-rated wall with security and fire-rated shutter.
  • Decoration
  • New equipment installed and commissioned.

The project was organised through the Academy Trust and Buildings Surveyor for the total package to be designed and coordinated by our Contracts Manager, Brian Russell.

We designed the layout of the kitchen following consultation with the client property manager, surveyor, school cook and head teacher and met for design approval prior to installation.

We coordinated the work of various trades including; electrician, plumber, walls and flooring contractor, builder for the new fire boundary, ventilation / extraction company and fire alarm contractor, to ensure the programme was met and all elements of the installation were carried out accordingly.

This job developed throughout the duration of the programme due to the onsite builder’s inability to perform within the timescales. The builder instructed us to carry out the building works forming the new fire boundary, new ceiling, wall cladding, plumbing and decoration.

We completed our element of the project within the 6 week summer holiday plus one more week due to having total control of all contractors and being able to coordinate their works. Brian was able to maximise the available time with no reliability on others and maintained complete communication to ensure the smooth running of the project.

The finished project provided a bright, clean, modern kitchen, incorporating ventilation within the kitchen which was not part of the existing layout – this is now being appreciated by the kitchen staff.


“Following the initial contract to design and fit out a new kitchen at Brunel Primary Academy it became evident that it would be necessary for Brian Russell to undertake the full project management of the project to include for all other aspects of the work which were originally part of the main contractor package these being removal of flooring, ceiling, and old wall panelling.

Modifications to windows for extraction ductwork. Construction of a fire rated wall to accommodate a service opening and to support a fire rated roller shutter.

Modification to doors associate to new flooring. Rewire existing fire alarm system. Removal of old iron heating system and the provision of a dedicated gas boiler and heating system to supply space heating and heat source for the ventilation heater. Plus final decoration.

There was also a problem when the original ceiling was removed and revealed an asbestos underspray to the building roof. This caused a 2 week delay mid contract while rectification works were undertaken. Brian and your contractors were able to make up most of this time and the contract only ran over by 1 week. For this period Brian set up a temporary facility inside the hall for the catering staff to provide a sandwich facility and snacks for the children. The school was kept up to date during this period and continuously until the kitchen was commissioned and handed over.

Overall we were very impressed with the organisation and coordination of the trades involved. The quality of the finished kitchen was very good and has brought a pre 2nd world war kitchen into a new bright modern facility.

Thank you for all your help in making this a very successful and satisfying project”.

Ian Batty
Premises Manager
Bridge Multi-Academy Trust