Bow School, Tower Hamlets

Bow School is a secondary school and sixth form located in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In September 2014 the school moved from the old site off Fairfield Road, Bow, to a new site 1 mile to the south-east by Bow Locks, in a brand new building designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects.

Initially, the Environment Agency had objections to the school project, proposed by Bouygues UK. CampbellReith was asked to investigate and review all the available data in order to demonstrate that the site was not a risk to the Limehouse Cut canal which runs adjacent to the site’s eastern boundary. CampbellReith’s engineers provided geotechnical and environmental services for the new building project.

In addition, the development proposals required re-use of site won soils as part of a cut and fill exercise but the soils were shown to be contaminated with portions of the Made Ground classified as potential hazardous waste. By use of a Materials Management Plan, CampbellReith was able to demonstrate that the soils were not a risk and were not a waste and therefore they could be reused, thus reducing unnecessary costs that would otherwise have been occurred due to soil disposal and import.

The team demonstrated there were no reasons for the objections and saved time and money for the contractors by reducing unnecessary costs for waste disposal and importing more soil, and by completing all work before the required deadline.

The new building with its modern touch to design provides a cheerful environment for the students of Bow School.

Services: Environmental, Geotechnical

Sectors: Education