Education: Nottingham schools

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Education Building schools with steel Steel’s cost effective and programme benefits have come to the fore on three new schools under construction in Nottingham. Speed of construction was a key factor in choosing steel for NUSA Nottingham University Samworth contractor led as main contractor Carillion different classroom sizes. “This was another Nand build a new Academy in and three storey complex divided into five the future.”many school projects,” adds Mr Pembridge.“Steel framed teaching blocks lendthemselves to reconfiguration if needed inTo this end NUSA is a steel framed twoas possible to fit into the overall tightconstruction programme. to developottingham City Council isworking in partnership withinspiredspacesAcademy (NUSA) wanted the main frame erected as quickly reason why steel was used for this and with Bilborough called Nottingham University distinctive blocks which are all interlinked. Stability for this block, and in fact for Samworth Academy (NUSA) which will These have been designated as a main all of the project, is derived from bracing cater for 950 pupils aged between 11 and 18. teaching block, science block, lecture/drama located in stair cores and in bays where there inspiredspaces is a joint venture company set block, dining block and sports hall. are no windows. Precast concrete lift shafts up by Carillion and its partners to deliver Chris Pembridge, Regional Director and stairs were also installed by Caunton. educational transformation through the for Atkins, says: “Although the individual Once the steelwork for the teaching Government’s Building Schools for the blocks are linked, structurally the project block was up Caunton worked its way up Future (BSF) programme. was isolated where possible with three major the sloping site and erected the other blocks The decision to use steel for the framing moment joints.” which are all two-storey zones, with the material for this project was predominantly Steelwork contractor Caunton exception of the sports hall. The portalised FACT FILE Engineering completed the majority of the sports hall features the project’s longest spans Nottingham schools steelwork for this project from April to of 18.5m which were formed with a series Main client: Nottingham’s Local Education Partnership (LEP) - A public private August last year. Adrian Downing, Caunton of cellular beams, utilised for their inherent partnership between Nottingham City Council, inspiredspaces and Building Contracts Manager, says: “We erected the economy. Schools for the Future Investments three level teaching block first as this is the Towards the top of the sloping site the Architect: Atkins; Franklin Ellis largest block and it allowed follow-on trades school’s blocks form an internal courtyard Construction Delivery Partner: Carillion Building to get started on the most time-consuming which is roofed with ETFE. Two steel bridges Structural engineer: Atkins; Price & Myers part of the project.” span this internal space, both formed with Steelwork contractor: Caunton Engineering The teaching block is based around an 12m long beams supported on universal Steel tonnage: 2,695t irregular grid pattern which accommodates columns. 14 October 10NSC


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