Hermitage Academy

Hermitage Academy

SDA, in conjunction with AA Projects, were appointed to undertake an Accommodation Assessment of the school to identify space for increasing student numbers. Planning Approval and CIF Award for a stand-alone Year 7 teaching block was awarded.

SDA’s Education team managed the project from the initial accommodation assessment to hand over of the finished building.

Brims Construction was appointed in November 2016 to undertake the design and construction of the new teaching block. The stand-alone single-storey teaching block (710m2) provides an additional eight classrooms and associated amenity space.

The building was constructed using traditional methods with a lightweight steel structure and a brickwork and render outer skin. The roof is Sarnafil with incorporated siphonic drainage. The project also included the installation of a new electricity supply to both the new block and the existing school. Other works included below ground drainage adaptations and associated external works.


Cklip Commercial Cleaning was appointed the builders clean, sparkle clean and external window cleaning for Hermitage Academy, Chester-le-Street, by Brims Construction.

Like many school and university projects, the cleaning operatives were required to work in the surroundings of an existing live campus, with students and staff moving between buildings and amongst the grounds.

Cklip liaised closely on a daily basis with Brims to establish key dates for the builders clean, sparkle clean & external window cleaning, so that work could be planned accordingly.

The team included a dedicated cleaning supervisor who worked to develop a solution for Brims that enabled the project to be delivered efficiently, within budget and inside tight timescales.

Analysis: Site Visit

Our project manager visited Hermitage Academy and met with the site manager to carry out a comprehensive survey.

Hermitage Academy lecture room

Planning: Site Survey

As the cleaning needed to be carried out whilst building contractors were on site, we needed to undertake strict risk assessments & method statements to ensure Health & Safety for all operatives. CSCS cards, CHAS, Safecontractor, & Constructionline Gold certification was provided and it was agreed that works were to be completed in two weeks.

Implementation: Works Carried Out

The builders clean was programmed in for one week, with 3 operatives, 1 supervisor and included vacuuming and mopping of floors, removing paint, plaster and glue.

Cleaning skirting boards, shelving, cupboards and drawers. Doors, frames, fixtures, light fittings, electrical sockets and switches. Windows, including sills, frames and insulation materials.

Tilework was deep cleaned of grout and plaster in all washrooms. Toilets, cisterns, sinks & mirrors cleaned and polished and all visible & accessible surfaces were also cleaned and polished.

The sparkle clean and external window cleaning was scheduled to take place over one week with 3 operatives, 2 window cleaners and 1 supervisor.

Cklip ensure service expectations, which is why we had a dedicated supervisor on site and a quality control program in place. We deploy this with every builders clean and it includes daily audits.

Additionally, the supervisor spent a great deal of time communicating with Brims to review the cleaning and to make recommendations.

Review: Hand Over

After listening carefully to the needs and concerns of Brims, Cklip’s management team quickly gained a full understanding of their specific requirements and implemented appropriate solutions to every situation.

The cleaning and related services are managed to an agreed service level and appropriate KPI’s are constantly monitored to continuously improve the quality of the cleaning standards. This guarantees a consistent high level of service and customer satisfaction.

Staff on site are trained to the highest level, with particular focus on Health & Safety. This contributes to greater staff engagement resulting in improved cleaning standards and customer service.

All Cklip staff have a professional and proactive attitude, combined with a flexible approach to all client requirements.

We have developed a strong working relationship with Brims, based on our exceptional track record of delivering an outstanding service.

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