Case Study - Digitech Studio School, Bristol, UK

Project data

  • Customer
  • Activate Learning Education Trust/ ESFA
  • Value
  • £4.7m
  • Area
  • 21,527 sq ft
  • Procurement route
  • Competitive tender
  • Form of contract
  • JCT D&B 2011
  • Programme duration
  • 43 weeks
  • Completion date
  • October 2016
  • Project Manager
  • Mott MacDonald
  • Architect
  • HLM
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Mott MacDonald


ISG completed the £4.7 million scheme three weeks ahead of programme, via the influential Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) Regional Framework. This is Bristol’s first studio school specialising in the digital, high-tech and creative sectors.

The ESFA new build free school was a fast-track two-storey development, delivered within a live campus. We created a modern bright and airy building to support the delivery of the school’s cutting-edge technology and media based curriculum.

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Digitech Studio School Bristol UK
Digitech Studio School Bristol Construction

The project

The new facility is set over two floors with a range of teaching facilities that include workshops, media studios, science laboratories and general teaching spaces.

Working in a live school environment with an adjacent sports centre required daily communications to ensure delivery times and traffic movements were understood and adhered to by all parties.

Working with key stakeholders we achieved multiple value engineering savings to a total value of £43k. This was achieved whilst still delivering a high-specification school environment which met the client’s needs and requirements.

The project was delivered three weeks ahead of schedule. This was achieved through weekly reassessment of the critical path against the programme. The team identified several opportunities to improve the project efficiency and streamline the method of construction.

The site achieved a zero accident frequency rate by encouraging safe behaviours through tool box talks and building a positive rapport with operatives on site. It was vital to the project that an excellent impression was maintained throughout and regular liaison with our supply chain partners helped to support this.

Digitech Studio School, Bristol UK
“We were really pleased with the final design and progress, and the ISG team members are all excellent ambassadors. They were a great guide through the early stages of the scheme. The Trust felt that the positive ethos of these individuals has made the process an enjoyable one.”

Heidi Clement, Project and Contracts Manager, ESFA.

Digitech Studio School Bristol UK


Using our environmental management dashboard we submitted monthly project specific KPIs covering safety and environment. We used materials from either recycled and/or sustainable sources wherever possible, and via use of the SmartWaste system, allowed us to calculate waste diverted from landfill at 92%. A range of targeted consumption saving schemes were in place across the project.

The team also engaged heavily with the Environment Agency due to the local watercourse and discharge licenses as well as reptile protection considerations.