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Poole High School's refurb finished on time thanks to SWH Build

SWH Build is very pleased to announce the completion of Poole High School Conference Centre.

The works took place at the school from May until August, with SWH Build working to a non-negotiable deadline to coincide with the start of a new school year.

The programme of work involved the reroofing and recladding of existing porta cabin buildings, internal alterations, rock panel cladding and installing new windows and doors throughout.

SWH Build were up against the clock from the offset and other issues such as tight access and adapting to a live environment were also challenging for the team, led by Area Manager and former pupil of the school, Luke Trussler. There were also some design issues presented by the age of the existing building, but these were successfully overcome throughout the course of the job.

Despite these complications, this project was completed on time and the SWH Build team had a very positive impact on the staff at Poole High School, with Site Manager Steve Anderson even being invited to join the Board of Governors as a Consultant for Build and Maintenance.

As a result of the successful works, mid-way into the project SWH Build were also asked to complete a second project within the timescale; converting and refurbishing the existing caretaker’s house into an inclusion unit for the children at the school. This additional work, led by Andrew Knowler Contracts Supervisor, ran alongside the original project smoothly and was completed by 29thAugust.

Luke Trussler, Area Manager of Poole for SWH Build, said, ‘I was pleased to be given the opportunity to even tender for this job, considering the history of me being a former pupil! From day one I felt a connection with the school, on more than just a professional level, as it brought back so many memories for me. Despite the high pressure and tight time scales, everyone looks back positively at this project. We worked closely with the architect, Chris Stokes of Kendall Kingscott and this resulted in a great working relationship, which paid off, as Chris’ design transformed the school. A big thank you must go to everyone who helped get this job done; subcontractors, colleagues and to the staff at the school. We couldn’t have done it without you’.

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