North West

Constructing Great Sankey Primary School

A £4.3 million scheme to build a brand new primary school in Great Sankey, Warrington continues to make great progress.

The Great Sankey Primary School project comprises the construction of a two-storey school and connected sporting facilities to replace an existing school. Great Sankey Primary School is being built on a Greenfield site on Liverpool Road – adjacent to the original school – and with work now complete on the new build element of the project the original building will be demolished.

Work began on the project in January 2012, with the new build handed over in October 2012. With demolition work now underway on the former school building the remainder of the scheme – which comprises construction of associated sporting facilities – will reach completion in March 2013.

Seddon Construction is the main contractor on the project, with Warrington Borough Council as the project manager. Manchester-based architects SBS Architects is providing all architectural services on the site.

The new Great Sankey Primary School building was built using a steel frame construction, with a mixture of brick and curtain walling, and a single ply membrane roof. The building includes two halls, a library, kitchen/dining facilities and a mix of infant classrooms and a nursery at ground floor. Due to the site restrictions the junior classrooms and staff facilities are located on the first floor.

The new building has been built to be very energy efficient and features natural ventilation. Great Sankey Primary School has also been constructed to meet the BREEAM standard of ‘very good’.

An official opening ceremony took place on December 14th 2012 and to mark the occasion Paralympian Gemma Prescott and Olympic torch bearer Steve Deakin attended the site.

Commenting on the project, Warrington Borough Council Design Manager, Sally Manfredi, said:

“Work is continuing to progress very well on the Great Sankey Primary School project.

“Throughout 2012 we encountered quite a lot of bad weather however Seddon Construction battled onwards and completed construction of the new school on time.

“To keep local residents updated on the site’s progress Seddon also sent out newsletters and held consultation meetings at the original school building so that everyone was continually in the loop about the new school’s development. With the new build now in place demolition work has commenced on the original building to make way for the new multi-use games pitch and this is currently on programme to meet the March 2013 deadline.”

Sally added:

“Seddon’s Construction has been fantastic on this project and the feedback from the Head Teacher, through to pupils and parents has been very positive. The new primary school was built on a very restricted site, with quite narrow access at times, so the work that the team have undertaken is great and we look forwarded to seeing the scheme reach completion.”

Hufcor UK Ltd

Hufcor UK Ltd specialises in the manufacture, supply and installation of Movable Wall Systems, which include operable walls, operable glass walls, vertically rising walls and accordion walls. The company works in all commercial sectors, with the majority of its work taking place in the hotel, leisure, education and commercial office sectors.

Hufcor UK Ltd is a subsidiary of Hufcor Incorporated which was established in 1900 and in this time the company understandably established a vast wealth of experience in its field.  Recent projects include the Joseph Whitaker Sixth Form block in Nottingham; the Olympia Exhibition Centre Level 3 in London; and the Birmingham-based head office building for Mitchells & Butlers.

Working on Great Sankey Primary School project, Hufcor UK Ltd supplied and installed three operable walls, which included a wood-effect laminate finish.

Hufcor UK Ltd Manager Peter Slaney said:

“We have recently started targeting the education sector – a sector we have not been very active in – and over the last six months we have gained a number of orders in school and academy based projects. We are currently gaining momentum in this sector and are being recognised as one of the best contractors to appoint for this line of work.”

Peter added:

“At Hufcor UK Ltd we pride ourselves on the relationship we develop with our customers which ensures longevity for them and our business.”

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