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St Germans Primary School

King's Lynn, Norfolk



The extension and remodelling of St Germans School in Wiggenhall St Germans, Norfolk, was carried out by R G Carter as part of the second phase of PCP funding and investment under the Norfolk County Council Framework. 


A purpose-built multi-function sports hall was added to the existing Victorian school building and the interior was extensively remodelled and rewired to bring it up-to-date with modern standards.


To overcome the very high ground water level of the site, the team created an attenuation tank to manage surface water. In addition, temporary propping and shoring was provided throughout the works to support the fragile structure of the existing building. 

Our Commitment:

The project achieved an incredible Considerate Constructors Scheme score of 38.5 out of 40, putting it in the top 7.5% of registered construction sites in the UK. The high score was achieved thanks to the total commitment and dedication of our on-site team to exceeding the expectations of the scheme’s code.

To keep the community well informed, a noticeboard displaying weekly progress photos was erected next to the school bus stop and a site-specific website was created with emergency contact details, important information and progress updates. Our team also set up a steering committee to discuss and share ideas for continual improvement on site and within the community.

The on-site team developed a close working relationship with the school and sponsored their sports day, providing medals and trophies, as well as providing catering for the fete which was held to raise money for the school. We also supplied a minibus to take the school leavers into King’s Lynn for a day out.

Ivor Goodsite visited the pupils to raise awareness of the safety and hazards of building sites.

Local labour and suppliers were used where possible and a community week was held with a labourer made available to carry out small jobs for local neighbours and residents. The church was in need of some remedial plastering work, which the on-site team volunteered to carry out as a goodwill gesture. The team also supplied and installed doors in the local community centre.

Fish were released in partnership with the Rivers Authority to improve the water quality of the nearby river Great Ouse. To improve the environmental profile and cost efficiency of the school, a biomass boiler was installed.


The site won Considerate Constructors Gold and was runner up in the Most Considerate Site category.


‘We can now look forward to moving back into our much loved school, but we feel we are in debt to R G Carter both for minimising the disruption during the building and making a very positive contribution to village life while they have been in our community.’

 Chair of Governors, E J Gray

‘The total company/site team approach and supporting actions in meeting and exceeding the codes not only on site but in all areas must be commended as a textbook example of what can be achieved with a little thought and whole team involvement.’

Considerate Constructors Scheme monitor

 ‘The whole ethos of the site resolves around consideration for the community and all parties involved.’

Considerate Constructors Scheme monitor