Expansion Blog

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9th February 2017

Exciting and rapid progress is being made with the construction of the new teaching accommodation.

The structural Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) walls, floors and roof are complete. The building is now weathered with the roof coverings and the window installations completed. This has enabled internal works to commence with the installation of the electrical containment, fireproofing, dry lining and ground floor screeding.

The works to the hall extension will soon be recommencing. An independent structural engineers report, appointed by the diocese, has been sought and the existing roof structure has been deemed sound.

Although the structure will be monitored throughout the build programme no further works will be required to the existing roof structure. The school will be able to continue using the hall, with the exception of during demolition of any existing structure or noisy works. Willmott Dixon and the school will work closely to ensure disruption will be kept to a minimum.

Works to look forward to over the next coming weeks will be the completion of the steps to the new playground, brickwork to ground floor façade and installation rain screen cladding. PV solar panels are soon to be delivered and installed which will be covering most of the footprint of the roof. Further works internally can continue apace unaffected by the weather.


Please see the following photographic record of progress so far.

The site is prepared for the new concrete foundations and ground floor slab.

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Over two hundred cubic meters of concrete arrive on site via twenty-five lorry loads. This is laid in one, very long, day.

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Preparations are made on site for the arrival of the cross-laminated timber (CLT) structure. This photos shows a damp membrane installed and cleats to fix the new walls.

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The new CLT frame arrives via five deliveries direct from the manufacturer in Austria.

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Deliveries are off loaded with the assistance of a large crane.

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The construction of the structural walls starts with the first corner of the building.

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Weekly meetings are held with the builders.

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Large windows will ensure light will flood into the new classrooms.

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The ground floor break out area is substantial and will be a magnificent space.