Howell’s School, Great Hall



Contract Value
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Waste Diverted From Landfill
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Staff DBS compliance
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Contract Period
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Project Details

Client: Girls Day School trust – Howell’s School, Llandaff.

Team: Davies Sutton Architects; Hoare Lea; Ridge Partners

The Grade II* listed, Great Hall at Howell’s School was originally constructed in 1958. With Henstaff’s experience in traditional and technical builds we undertook a complete slate roof replacement with large amount of complex lead replacement under a temporary roof structure. The historic artefacts, including magnificent murals of Shakespearean scenes by J M Staniforth and a Danish oak floor were kept projected throughout the project.

Working in close liaison with the client, Davies Sutton Architects and the conservation architect the repair & refurbishment of this Listed building under JCT2011 with Contractor’s Design worked smoothly. As a site team we liaised with the school and design team to ensure we planned and implemented systems that retained pupil access around and in some cases through the scheme. These workshops also resulted in the site setup being out of term time to ensure minimal impact and completed the works within a live environment.

All Joinery repairs were undertaken to match existing details and finishes both internally and externally. We are proud to be able to and deliver to a high standard, working on historic and heritage related sites, such as this with quality traditional workmanship and methods.

The project was delivered to the client’s requirements and satisfaction and resulted in further repeat contracts of over £2m between Henstaff and the school.

Social Value

All our staff working in an environment where they were in contact with vulnerable adults or children are DBS checked – if needed we will carry out an enhanced check. This practice is passed onto our contractors who are responsible for carrying out the relevant checks for their staff. All of our employees and subcontractors were trained and DBS checked prior to commencement of works.


I had worked with Henstaff Construction on a complex school restoration project previously, so was personally delighted that they were successful in winning the ‘Pavilion’ tender. They were diligent in their approach, respected that the School’s continued operations were paramount and proved excellent value for money. A project with occasional complications that were addressed with speed and more often than not a pragmatic resolution followed with good, effective liaison with appointed SMEs. I would be very pleased again should Henstaff return to work at Howell’s School, Llandaff. Excellent attention to safety, client input and respect for the wider stakeholder group while achieving a quality product to time and evident VfM. Indeed, Henstaff conducted other minor works while on site in a similar fashion. A high scoring review thoroughly deserved.
Mr Richard Read OBE
Director of Finance & Operations