Ramboll UK’s engineers have worked on a number of schools in the region. In the village of Larbert, not far from Falkirk's town centre, we worked on the extension and partial refurbishment of Larbert Village Primary School for Falkirk Council.
The extension is a two storey steel frame classroom building, linked to the existing structure via a new structural opening. A sports hall and nursery facilities have also been provided, constructed using glulam frames and exposed external columns. Partial refurbishment of the existing building included new services installation and a new roof.
As the school continued to open during construction, student safety was a key issue. The work compound was kept separate from the school site, as the students were naturally curious. Safe routes around the school were put in place for students, parents and staff. This included the installation of temporary access to the school's synthetic pitches. Care was taken throughout construction to ensure the integrity of the compound.
Construction-related storage at the school was limited to the area of one playground. Work was phased so that much of the structural elements were on site and put in place during school holidays. During term time, materials were fabricated offsite where possible, and delivered to site immediately prior to installation.