St Bronagh’s Primary School
Ganson Building & Civil Engineering recently lead the construction on a new, state-of-the-art primary school in Rostrevor, County Down, Northern Ireland.
Ganson Building & Civil Engineering offers a range of construction services including management contracting and design & build partnerships, in addition to traditional building arrangements. The range of work undertaken varies in type and size from multimillion Euro contracts to €30 million projects to small and medium sized projects.
The St Bronagh’s Primary School project consisted of a traditional build of a seven classroom school on the site of the previous Convent of Mercy Primary School, along with the construction of a new youth club building, sports hall, community and games room and ancillary accommodation. Work also included the construction of a new stair and lift extension to the rear of the convent building and the provision of new car parking facilities and playgrounds.
The £3.9 million facility was constructed following the demolition of the existing school on site. Once the site was clear, Contracts manager Gerard McClelland and the team started work on the project, which was completed in two stages and lasted approximately 14 months.
A major aspect of the build, which could have disrupted the tight timeline, was the different sized classrooms or ‘pods.’ To make sure the deadline was not missed, Ganson UK had to ensure that the architect’s designs were rigorously adhered to and make sure that their vision was achieved through continuous communication with all teams at each step of every stage. Each of the classrooms also met Fire certification following Ganson’s methodical approach to the build.
A number of sustainable elements in the new school mean that pupils won’t be forced to huddle beside radiators for warmth during the winter, as insulation levels are extremely high and will make a huge difference to the schools heating bills. PV panels on the green roof will also make an impact on running costs.
Hush Acoustics were brought on board to ensure that all of the acoustics on the project were right. They specialise in sound control products and were asked to guarantee that each pod was soundproofed correctly.
Following its completion the project has been shortlisted for two awards at the 2018 Northern Ireland RICS awards. The project has been shortlisted in the categories of Community Benefit and Regeneration. The RICS Awards recognise the most innovative projects in the region and their impact on local communities. The winners of this year’s awards will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 24 May.
The project was completed ahead of the new school term starting.