Simon Balle School

Mackin Civil Engineering

Simon Balle School

Scope of Work:

Laying foundations for a new building that would add new classrooms to the school’s existing facilities; excavating and laying drainage network; forming a hard play permeable sports pitch and laying two car parks.


This greenfield location was thought to be an historically significant site which attracted archaeological interest and underwent survey before excavation for ground beam and slab (covering 1300m2) could be started. A concrete pump was used to pour the foundations.

Groundworks involved excavating and laying two car parks, first installing a perforated drainage system and connecting to existing system. 2,500m2 of permeable sub-base was installed before applying tarmac to the two car parks. Works also involved remodeling a footpath (adding a tree protection system) and reinstating the school’s tennis court.


  • Working adjacent to a ‘live’ school meant delivery times were restricted (i.e. no deliveries permitted during ‘school run’ hours).
  • Maintaining site safety at all times.
  • Managing archaeological interest which delayed the start date.


Project delivered on time with a successful handover to Balfour Beatty

Client Name
Simon Balle School
Main Contractor
Balfour Beatty
Mackin Value
12 Months
  • Simon Balle School Courtesy A&S Landscape 1
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