Diamond Build PLC has been awarded a £2.2m contract to refurbish and upgrade a primary school in London on behalf of Haringey Council.

The project is the second phase of improvement works at Highgate Primary School, which will deliver external upgrades in addition to a new mechanical and electrical (M&E) package.

Diamond Build PLC will be responsible for refurbishing the façade of the main school building and carrying out a mix of roofing repairs and improvements, including replacing some pitched and flat roof coverings. The windows will benefit from new glazing to increase thermal performance, and the drainage system will be overhauled below and above ground.

To enhance energy efficiency and comfort, the newly installed M&E systems will consist of new distribution pipework, radiators, air conditioning and ventilation. Safety and security will also be enhanced through additional fire detection systems and CCTV.

Simon Wildes, Commercial Director at Diamond Build PLC, said: “This project draws on our vast experience of working in the education sector and within occupied buildings. The majority of the works will be carried out during term time, so will require stringent management and communication to ensure the highest standards and minimise disruption for all pupils and staff.

“To overcome limited site access, we are using modular buildings for our site cabins which can be assembled on site.”

Located in North Hill, Highgate’s main school building was constructed in circa 1870.

The refurbishment is expected to be complete by November 2022. The first phase of improvement works was completed by Diamond Build PLC’s sister company, Diamond Special Works. This included the installation of new suspended ceilings, electrical upgrades and new lighting.

Diamond Build PLC has worked with Haringey Council for four decades and has also been appointed to refurbish Chestnuts Primary School in the borough.

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