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Toner Avenue Primary School

Toner Avenue Primary School logoBuilt adjacent to the existing school, Toner Avenue Primary School is a new build for South Tyneside Council and the DFE. The building has an overall GIFA of 3048m2 and is home to 460 pupils. The value is £8.8m and was completed in August 2020. Kier also completed the demolition of the existing school, as well as hard and soft landscaping, including the car park.


Kier required us to carry out a builders clean in 2 phases, phase 1, the first floor of the school and phase 2, the ground floor.

Once the builders clean was complete, we were asked to carry out the external window cleaning, using high-level access equipment, all windows & doors were to be cleaned traditionally, removing all mortar splashes.

Kier then suggested we clean the windows again before hand over using the reach & wash system.

When the external glazing was completed, we were to programme in the sparkle clean, once Kier had finished all snagging. Starting with phase 1 and finishing with phase 2.

During the service delivery, we were asked to do additional cleaning which was not foreseen by the client or requested at the time of submitting the proposal, this included the exterior clean, jet washing, in preparation for hand over.

We had to schedule the appropriate cleaning and bring in the necessary labour to ensure no delay for the client.

Analysis: Site Visit

After a successful site visit Cklip were awarded the builders clean, sparkle clean and external window cleaning for Toner Avenue Primary School following negotiation and the submission of our tender.

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. The project duration was 5 weeks and 1 cleaning manager, 1 supervisor and 4 cleaning operatives were to carry out necessary works.

Implementation: Works Carried Out

The builders clean included vacuuming and mopping of floors and stairs, including the removal of paint, plaster & glue, cleaning skirting boards, doors, frames, fixtures, light fittings, electrical sockets & switches, all glazing, including sills, frames and insulation materials, shelving, cupboards & drawers, tilework deep cleaned of grout & plaster in all toilets, cisterns, sinks & mirrors cleaned and polished.

We were also required to carry out a builders clean & sparkle clean of the school kitchen, which included all appliances, equipment, walls and floors.

Once the builders clean was complete, Kier suggested that we carry out the external window cleaning, which enabled them to carry out all necessary snagging.

The external window clean was accomplished using a scissor lift, all windows and doors were cleaned using the traditional method, removing all mortar splashes.

Once the external window cleaning was complete and Kier had finalised all snagging, we began the sparkle clean of the entire building, this included brand new school furniture, desks, storage units, cabinets and shelving, we started on the first floor and completed on the ground floor.

And finally, before hand over, we jet washed the exterior tarmac and cleaned all external glazing using the reach & wash system.

Review: Hand Over

The contract came to a successful conclusion, with all areas cleaned, signed off and the school handed back to the client.

Kier was very impressed with the results of the cleaning, the efficiency in which the teams were managed and the ease of communication with Cklip management.

As a result, Cklip Commercial Cleaning were engaged on another project which was Ponteland School & Leisure Centre.

This project was particularly demanding and required constant supervision and management and we were required to adopt a flexible approach to the cleaning service, as there were additional requests at short notice.

Please visit our builders cleaning page where you will find out more about our builders cleaning solutions or to arrange a free site visit, contact us by using our online form.

"We are delighted to deliver this amazing new school for the children in Hebburn, we strive to create environments that offer an enriching and supportive space for pupils to learn."
Phil Mcdowell
Operations Director, Kier Building North East