Birmingham schools PFI

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Mat McNab. Ramboll

Mat McNab

Operational Excellence Director
T: +44 20 7631 5291

Stepan Ruzicka

MSc PhD CEnv MCIWEM, Director, Environment and Health
T: +44 2076 315 291

Phil Studds

BSc MSc PhD CEng CEnv MCIWEM, SiLC, PRINCE2 Practitioner, Regional Director, Northern Environmental
T: +44 7931 709 943
As part of a winning bid team led by leading UK building contractor Balfour Beatty, we delivered new premises for twelve schools in central Birmingham.

The project consisted of ten primary schools, a secondary school and a technical college, built in two phases on an extremely tight schedule.

The schools occupy urban sites where space is at a premium. Units thus range from single to triple storey. Working with the architects, we helped to create a four-classroom structural module used to create identical teaching wings for all the schools involved. These included classrooms with flexible partitions and a central corridor daylit via clerestory glazing.

The design of other facilities is tailored to meet the needs of each particular site. Orientation was decided in consultation with our services engineers, who are responsible for the natural ventilation and daylighting strategy.

Details have been standardised wherever practicable, to reduce costs and save valuable construction time.

building services

As part of a winning bid team led by leading UK building contractor Balfour Beatty, we delivered new premises for twelve schools in central Birmingham.

The project consisted of ten primary schools, a secondary school and a technical college, built in two phases on an extremely tight schedule.

The schools occupy urban sites where space is at a premium. The primary schools thus include double- as well as single-storey units; facilities for older occupants are arranged over three storeys. Our building services engineers worked with the architects from the earliest stages to create a standardised unit that allows maximum use to be made of both natural light and ventilation.

Design of the roofscape includes clerestory glazing to illuminate the central corridor. In two-storey units, classrooms on the upper storey are linked by a suspended walkway between open balustrades so that daylight can penetrate to the floor below.

Detailed IES modelling enabled us to present our solution to the client in a comprehensive and legible form.

soil & groundwater

As part of the soil/groundwater services we supplied for the construction of twelve schools in central Birmingham, we provided a material management strategy and ground gas risk assessment. The project consisted of ten primary schools, a secondary school and a technical college, built in two phases on an extremely tight schedule. The schools occupy urban sites where space is at a premium.

All the sites contained elements of cut and fill in order to achieve the required formation levels for the buildings and landscaping. Through detailed site investigations, all materials uncovered during earthworks were identified, screened and either reused in situ or on one of the other sites where possible, or disposed of appropriately after a hazardous waste assessment and WAC testing. A material management strategy was developed in the context of relevant legislation, site constraints, cost benefits and programme implications.

Extensive investigations were undertaken into the ground gas regime for each of the schools to fully understand the risks associated with ground gas at each site. This included a review of existing information, further site investigation, monitoring and risk assessment to recommend appropriate gas protection systems for each site, taking into account timescales and the nature of the substructure. The result was the downgrading of gas protection systems for 13 of the 15 buildings.

sustainability services

As part of a winning bid team led by leading UK building contractor Balfour Beatty, we delivered new premises for twelve schools in central Birmingham.

The project consisted of ten primary schools, a secondary school and a technical college, built in two phases on an extremely tight schedule.

The schools occupy urban sites where space is at a premium. The primary schools thus include double- as well as single-storey units; facilities for older occupants are arranged over three storeys. We worked with the architects from the earliest stages to create a standardised unit that allows maximum use to be made of both natural light and ventilation.

Our sustainability & renewables team implemented SEAM — the Schools Environmental Assessment Method — in support of a low-impact building services strategy. As part of this, we undertook detailed school-specific performance assessments of energy use and how this may be optimised.

Ramboll

Ramboll
240 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NW
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 20 7631 5291
Fax:+44 845 299 1610

Mail: london@ramboll.co.uk

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Ramboll UK Limited. Registered in England & Wales. Company registration no. 03659970. Registered office: 240 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NW


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