Cannington Court

Client: Kier Construction                                                               Location: Bridgwater

Project Manager: Andy Hunter                                                    Contracts Manager: Jim Swift

Quantity Surveyor: Jon Holliday                                                  Site Supervisor: Bill Thomas

Duration: 24 months                                                                      Project Value: £1.7 million

Project Overview – This project is for EDF’s European training centre and is built in and around a 900 year old Grade I Listed building. The building has had a lot of archaeological interest due to its changing use from a Benedictine Nunnery to its present day use.

Scope of Work – Smiths involvement was to complete the groundworks, drainage services and external works for alterations to four listed buildings and the new construction of a Restaurant, Link Building and Energy Centre. The external works involved a new permeable block paved car park along with access roads and footpaths which received a stone finished surface dressing. The car park is built over a ground source heating system of nine boreholes, each one 225m deep. Heat is collected from the pipes in the Energy Centre and then distributed through a site wide network of pipes, installed by Smiths.

During the course of the works Smiths excavations uncovered foundations from the original buildings including lime kilns. More gruesome were the parts of skeletons discovered in some areas of the site – all controlled by the archaeologists.

The internal works to Cannington Court involved extensive hand excavation with materials being wheel-barrowed in and out of the building resulting in long programme periods for each activity.

Simon Clark, Senior Project Manager from Kier Construction commented “I would like to extend a special thanks to Smiths for your commitment and professionalism shown on this contract, your company has been the longest standing contractor working with Kier on this project so has had to adapt to many situations and requests that would be seen as “over the top”. Your site team has dealt with these issues and requests extremely well and I would ask that you pass on this tanks to everyone at Smiths who has played a part on this very challenging project. I sincerely hope that we get to work with each other again no doubt on a more “normal” project!”

19th August 2015


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