Weston Point Community Primary School in Halton commissioned HMS to build a brand-new classroom facility and infill an existing courtyard soft play area.
Carried out over a two-month period, this £100,000 project has delivered a light, modern classroom on a previously under-used play area.
HMS began works by excavating 45 cubic metres of materials from the new-build area and installing a reinforced concrete foundation.
A single-storey steel frame was then erected and two bespoke lantern roof lights were fitted into a highly efficient single ply membrane roof to maximise natural light. A meticulous approach was taken to all aspects of roof line works and roof coverings, to prevent future defects and minimise maintenance.
Internal fit-out works consisted of plastering, mechanical and electrical installations, carpeting and decoration.
Whilst specialist contractors were used for some tasks, HMS teams carried out the majority of works. Trainees and apprenticeships were often on site, gaining valuable project experience.
A challenging site
Site access restrictions made effective programming and attention to detail vital, to prevent damage to the existing school and ensure good safety practices were maintained.
As the school was a live environment, materials deliveries needed to be transported at agreed times through the school building, both during class times and out of hours.
Site restrictions also limited the size of the mechanical equipment, while the structural steel frame members had to be cut and spliced off site to enable safe transportation and installation.
Poor ground conditions presented another challenge. HMS partnered with the client design team to redesign foundation details and deliver a strong, lasting base for the build. This approach minimised potential impacts to the overall programme and on-going school operation.
The new classroom was completed on time and budget.