Eden Boys School, Preston

Eden Boys School is a new Free School which opened its doors to pupils in September 2016.

The school is accommodated in a former commercial building, which had been left empty for many years. The site is located off the main Ring Road in Preston city centre.

The original building is of steel framed construction with precast concrete floors. Full height curtain walling existed to the original building but this was generally of poor quality and thermal performance was distinctly lacking. Conlon Construction were engaged to deliver this project through the highly successful ESFA framework.

We supported Conlon in the bid process providing Civil and Structural, MEP and GeoEnvironmental professional services. Lovelock Mitchell provided architectural support.

The project has involved remodelling of the existing building to a significant degree with one of the original two wings of the building being carefully dismantled and subsequently replaced with a new sports hall facility to service both the school and the local community.

From a structural perspective, the project has proved challenging on many fronts given the continual uncertainties that the existing building revealed on opening up all areas. Throughout, a practical and proactive approach to developing structural engineering solutions has been required in each instance in order to yield practical yet economic structural designs. Many of these solutions have involved working closely with the contractor in order to accommodate the preferred working sequences.

From the outset, working in conjunction with Lovelock Mitchell the project has been delivered from a Revit platform.

Program was a key factor with the delivery of this project and in order to expedite this, an early decision was made to adopt a modular form of construction for the new sports hall structure and this has proved effective in ensuring that the completion of this element fell in line with the programme requirements. Adopting a traditional build approach would have meant the overall programme would have been jeopardised.

The project value is circa £8million and was completed on time in August 2016.

Our client on this project has been Conlon Construction Ltd, whom we have worked with on a number of similar projects.

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