“The rapid turn-round was a big achievement”

Cowbridge Comprehensive

Wernick Rescues School from Inferno Ashes

When fire destroyed a four-classroom block at Cowbridge Comprehensive School’s Lower School Campus the local education authority had to move quickly to provide replacement accommodation for the 433 displaced students. What further complicated the emergency was that the destroyed classrooms housed the food technology, design technology, textiles and information technology departments. All these rooms had been fitted with expensive equipment and much of this had also been lost in the fire that broke out just before a two week holiday.

Three competitive quotes had to be obtained by the local education authority and the new buildings had to be in place as soon as possible after the holiday. From quotation to site completion was accomplished in just 31 working days from the date of the outbreak of the fire by Wernick, whose quotation was the most cost-effective and who were also prepared to guarantee delivery to a tight completion date.

“The rapid turn-round was a big achievement,” stated the school’s systems project officer John Werrett. “We went from a pile of charred remains to four new, fully equipped classrooms in five weeks. It all required a high level of co-operation and timetable flexibility from our schools manager Dave Corcoran and Kath Mallows our design technology head of department with Wernick Hire.”

Wernick Hire organized new service connections for fresh water and foul water and also supplied a generator with sufficient capacity to cope with the new classroom equipment that required a higher loading than the original supply could have delivered.

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