Cheadle Hulme High School, 6th Form Centre

We were delighted to be appointed by the successful principal contractor through the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) via Cheshire East, to provide civil & structural engineering services for the new sixth form centre at Cheadle Hulme High School.

The projects comprised two independent new build accommodation blocks located on the existing school campus with a construction value of circa £3m and £1.5m respectively.

The project was completed within budget and on programme, in time to welcome the September in-take of sixth form students.

The new sixth form centre and associated music block were designed using Revit, following the previous implementation of BIM with the same client, principal contractor and design team during the construction of the new sixth form centre at the nearby Poynton High School. This reinforced the merits of utilizing BIM during the design and commissioning of the building and the successful implementation has ensured that this is to be the preferred approach for future projects.

Structurally, the buildings comprised traditional spread foundations for the sixth form building and a low vibration piled foundation solution for the Music block. Both buildings utilised a braced steel frame with precast composite upper floors and lightweight purlin supported roof structure.

The drainage design for the development was based on a Sustainable Urban Drainage System approach (SuDS) and included permeable Grascrete paving to infiltrate rainwater from hard standings and underground attenuation with flow control and silt capacity for the restriction of roof drainage flow rates and improvement in the quality of run-off.

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