Beaumont Leys co-educational secondary school is the first of four schools rebuilt or refurbished in Leicester as part of the Building Schools for the Future government programme. We provided a full range of services to Miller Construction throughout the project, including the planning, cost evaluation and tendering stages. The site for the new building is adjacent to the original, which remained in operation during construction.
Our engineers appraised the constructability and maintainability of the school's design throughout the design & build process, contributing information to decisions about the phasing of the project.
The structure consists of a three storey, 180m long braced steel frame, with concrete floors supported on composite beams and profiled metal decking. The structural floor system is fully integrated with the building services design strategy, which distributes services based on the maximisation of occupancy space and minimisation of construction cost.
Sustainability measures are also fully integrated into the design solution. Our specialists provided input in various areas, including BREEAM rating contributions, building sciences thermal studies and below-ground drainage attenuation. We sought to minimise structural material use throughout the project.
3D software and analysis throughout the design process to ensure structural efficiency and minimise foundation loads. This approach also contributed to expedient design delivery through 'clash detection' — a checking process that helps optimise programme gains.
As part of our multi-disciplinary service provision, we undertook archaeological assessment of the site, geotechnical and contaminated land engineering, prepared a flood risk statement, developed a travel plan and transport statement, and our environmental specialists undertook habitat and protected species surveys.