Tytherington High School and Specialist Science College based in Macclesfield, Cheshire, is enjoying the benefits of an extension as the new school year begins.
Main contractor Kier Construction built a two storey classroom block to replace existing temporary mobile units.
Designed by architect Pozzoni Ltd, the £2.7 million project began in November 2011 and was completed in July 2012. The new building replaces eight classrooms which were located within three mobile units, and sees the conversion of two existing classrooms into additional IT suites.
Alex Halford, Senior Design Manager at Kier Construction said:
“The building includes five classrooms split over two floors, together with staff accommodation. We used a piled foundation solution with a ground floor slab; the first floor slab was concrete with fibre mesh reinforcement. For the roof we used Ward’s Topdeck composite roofing panels.
“The walls were brick rainscreen with a secondary metal frame which was insulated and waterproofed. All the windows were polyester coated aluminium with double glazed coloured glass. We also did some external works, but the majority of the playground was tarmac.”
The project will help Tytherington High School to reorganise the existing and new teaching facilities to provide a better arrangement for each subject department.
The new building will allow all the English classrooms to be in the same building, as well as ICT classrooms and the Sixth Form department.
“It was a fairly straightforward job. The only issues we had were with it being a very small site and being on a main road, it made all our deliveries quite difficult. We were also limited in terms of deliveries because of school hours. All deliveries to the site had to be outside of these times, for example when the school was opening, closing and at lunchtimes.
“We kept the costs within a budget that the council wanted so we were slightly limited with what we could do in terms of innovation.
“The classrooms are now being used and it will improve the way the school works. Before work was conducted all the English classrooms were spread over a number of buildings so now they are all together in one block. The team worked very closely and it was a good, successful contract. The clients were very happy with what they got and the team worked very well together.”
Kier Construction provides a comprehensive building and civil engineering service delivered through a nationwide network of locally managed businesses.
Kier Construction has national and international major building, civil engineering and mining capabilities. The division is also complemented by specialist businesses offering design engineering, building information modeling and interiors & refurbishment.
Kier Construction is part of the Kier Group, a leading construction, services and property group. The Kier Group specialises in building and civil engineering, support services, public and private house building, property development and structured property financing.
The Group employs nearly 11,000 people worldwide and has an annual revenue of £2.2bn.
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EWS Bolton Ltd has worked on various education projects including Tytherington High School, as well as Bolton Arena and the Lewis’ building in Liverpool.