London Schools Update: June 2016


Harris Primary Academy in Shortlands, Bromley


Work on the Shortlands site is progressing on schedule and we look set to meet our contract end date of June 2016.   The installation has been completed & we are currently commissioning all Mechanical & Electrical systems in line with our commissioning programme. Demonstrations to the client will commence shortly after commissioning has been completed.

Harris Primary Academy, Chafford Hundred

With the project due for completion in 2016-01-06 15.37.45July 2016 we are now entering the final stages of the work on Chafford Hundred Primary School.

Electrically all containment is complete and the mechanical wiring, fire alarm and security systems are fully fitted.  We are currently in the process getting rooms signed off.

Mechanically, the boilerhouse & heating system has been completed. We are in the final stages of completing the plumbing system including installation sanitary ware & finishing the soils and waste system installation.


Works are progressing well on the new Northwood Secondary School site.  The ‘topping out’ ceremony took place on the 3rd March 2016.  This marks a major milestone in the construction of the new school and signals that Phase 1 (which involves the construction of the new schools, car park and sports hall) of the works are on schedule to be completed on programme by September 2016.   We have completed our first fix M&E installations within the main school building and are currently fitting out the classrooms, labs and office accommodation.  With the plantroom installations completed, and main utilities now live we will soon be commencing our commissioning activities.


In addition to the on-going site we have started on site on a further four schools:

Harris Primary School, East Dulwich

030_1_9_n36The project in East Dulwich involves the construction of a new primary academy school on the site of a former policestation.   The new four storey building will be similar in scale and massing to the existing building on the site.  On the ground floor will be the administrative area, school hall, kitchen and classrooms for the reception year group. Also accessible from this level is the play space to the rear of the site.  Dowds Group joined the site in April 2016 and a phased handover of this project will see the Ground & First Floor (including the second floor plantrooms) handed over to the client in August 2016. Phase 2 incorporating theSecond & Third Floor is due to be handed over to the client for the end of October.

Harris Academy, Tottenham Hale

Tottenham 2

Based on the former site of the Lee Valley Technopark, the new Harris Academy Tottenham Hale and will provide 12,000m2 of new teaching accommodation.  The works will consist of internal refurbishment of the existing buildings along with the construction of a two storey teaching block and a Sports Hall.  The first phase of refurbished accommodation is required to be complete for September 2016, with further phases completed for September 2017.

East London Arts & Music

The new build East London Arts & Music project will see the construction of a 3150m2 teaching space for 300 trainees, aged between 16 and 19, and will include live recording studios and digital arts studios.  M&E works began in March 2016 and we are expected to be on-site until February 2017.

Space Studios

The Dowds Group team headed by Jack Gourley & Malachy Molloy started on site at Space Studio West London, in February 2016.  The complete school will cater for 300 students aged 14-18 and will specialise in Space, Aerospace, Science and Maths. The project consists of a new 2 storey building and will be built on an existing school site in Feltham near Heathrow Airport. The existing building will be demolished and all services removed prior to the building of the new school building.  Works are expected to be complete by November 2016.