The project comprised the demolition of the old Alderman Blaxhill school and the subsequent construction of a new 900 place high school and new sports hall. External works included the construction of a new MUGA pitch, hard playground areas, staff car parking along with a coach park area and adjoining access routes.
The school structure was constructed using a three storey steel frame set off traditional concrete strip and pad foundations together with a cast insitu ground floor slab. Upper floors were formed using rib deck permanent shuttering prior to in situ concrete placement.
The external envelope to the building was formed using Metsec lightweight gauge steel infill studs finished to the outer face with cement particle board and insulation. The external façade consisted in a mixture of facing brick work, timber cladding, and rock panel cladding to act as the rainscreen cladding. We also installed external aluminium doors and curtain walling, and UPVC windows.
The roof was finished in a Bauder felt roofing system and included parapet upstands protected by aluminium capping’s. A man safe system has also been installed for access to all areas which is compliant with the Bauder roofing system.
Internally we installed metal stud partitions and clad in plasterboard to receive traditional plaster skim finishes. Standard school quality furniture and fittings were also provided as part of the scheme.
Mechanical and Electrical services included traditional radiators for heating, breathing building units for ventilation and smart lighting systems. The building consists of two plant rooms, the main one situated in the north east wing is for the school, with the sports hall containing its own plant room.
Key features of the project include:
- Steel frame construction
- Metsec Lightweight gauge steel infill external envelope
- New 900 place secondary school
- Construction of new MUGA pitch
- Mechanical & electrical services installations