WEALD RISE, ST GABRIEL'S COLLEGE AND CHESTNUT GROVE
The Priority Schools Building Programme was set up by central Government to address schools in need of urgent repair or replacement.
Tully De’Ath have been involved on three of these projects acting as Civil and Structural Engineers for Kier Construction, on their framework with the Education Funding Agency (EFA), who are overseeing the Programme. This involvement commenced with pre-planning services, assisting the project through to planning and contract award, and has progressed through the detailed design and construction stages.
"...sequencing, site logistics and programme are all crucial to the success of the projects."
All three schemes involve the construction of new school buildings on existing sites where education facilities currently exist. On the Chestnut Grove and Weald Rise sites, the new schools are being constructed beside the existing school buildings which remain in use. At St Gabriel’s College, the school have had to decant to a nearby site for the duration of the construction works. This has required temporary accommodation to be constructed for which Tully De’Ath designed the foundations and underground drainage. On all three sites, sequencing, site logistics and programme are all crucial to the success of the projects.
The buildings are constructed using either reinforced concrete frames or steel frames with piled foundations. This has been developed using design tools to BIM level 2.
The buildings incorporate a number of additional secondary structural features such as sports equipment supports and canopies and this has required detailed design coordination with the architect and EFA. Tully De’Ath have also designed the underground drainage proposals – which have incorporated SuDS devices and a flood defence wall on the Weald Rise site.