Lightweight prefabricated modular steel construction has been chosen as the preferred method to build a new block at Wensley Folds Primary School in Blackburn.
The infill block will tie into two existing buildings situated on either side. This, together with a sloping site and the fact that the school will remain open throughout the construction programme has called for much logistical planning.
Working on behalf of main contractor Eric Wright Construction, Engineered Off-Site Systems (EOS) is supplying pre-assembled wall frames and ceiling cassettes, all of which come to site fully fitted and ready for installation.
“There is very little access into the site so all of our prefabricated frames are bespoke units under 2.4m wide,” explains Steve Donelon, EOS Contracts Manager.
The project team have also chosen the steel system for its higher load capacity and because the two storey frame is expected to be erected in under four weeks; a saving of four weeks to the overall programme.