Case Studies

Mill Hill East Primary School

London schools benefit from Priority School Building Programme


A number of schools in Barnet, Greenwich, Lambeth, Newham and Waltham Forest are the first in London to benefit from the UK Government’s £2.4 billion Priority School Building Programme. The scheme’s main objective is to provide best-in-class educational facilities that meet the demands of a growing local population, whilst maintaining the high standards of schooling, for which the borough is already known, and further developing the borough’s reputation as a desirable area in which to live and work.


The purpose of this circa £12.3 million project was to build a new school with capacity for 630 primary schoolchildren and 39 nursery places.


Commissioned by Kier Construction on behalf of Barnet Council our brief was to supply and install surface water management and sustainable drainage systems.


Construction began in March 2013 with the school opening in 2014.

How it works

SDS worked with Kier Construction to design a cost effective alternative system to the concrete tank which had been specified originally and which would be easier and cheaper to construct and install.


The system handles not only the surface water runoff from the school and its new all-weather football pitch but also from new housing developments including a 138 home plot of land on the former Inglis Barracks.


The project was managed under the terms of the SABS legislation effective from April 2014, whereby responsibility for the adoption and maintenance of SuDS are allocated to Unitary and County Councils Planning Teams.


The sports pitch has been built to ‘Sport England’ (formerly the ‘English Sports Council’) specification that demands strict adherence to very specific, tight tolerances. Working with national governing bodies for sport, such as the ECB, RFU and FA, Sport England has produced detailed guidance on how sports clubs can minimise the risk of flooding through good design and site preparation.


The system has been successfully integrated with a swale with a capacity of at least 500m3 and with an area available underneath the all-weather pitch with a capacity of at least 3,000m3.

mill hill east school

The Priority School Building Programme (PSBP) is a programme to address the needs of the schools most in need of urgent repair. Through the programme, 260 schools will be rebuilt or have their condition needs met by Education Funding Agency (EFA).

What our other Customers say

Due to its sheer size alone the Stortford Fields development provides us with a whole set of new challenges. Planning over the extended timeframe that the project demands adds new complexities to items such as the scheduling of materials deliveries, groundworks and installations. It is vital, therefore, that the specialist suppliers and subcontractors in whom we place our trust deliver not only to the highest standards that we expect but are sufficiently flexible to respond positively and adjust whenever a change to the plan is required. In SDS we have a partner on whose unerring capacity to deliver we can always rely.

Steve Pallister, Project Manager, Breheny Civil Engineering.

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