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From office block to innovative school

Conlon Construction completes refurbishment of a vacant office block to create a state-of-the-art secondary school campus

Posted by Stephanie Broad | September 23, 2016 | Bricks & mortar

The new, permanent site for Eden Boys’ School, Preston was commissioned through the Education Funding Agency (EFA) Regional Contractors Framework and involved a full refurbishment of the existing four-storey building, including remodelling of the interior to reflect the change of use with classrooms, an IT suite, social spaces and new toilet facilities. 

Conlon Construction also demolished an existing three-storey area of the original structure, replacing it with a double height sports hall.  

Structural alterations were carried out to remodel the internal space, upgrade the lift and modify the building for Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliance.  The scheme also included strip out and replacement of all mechanical and electrical services.

Key to the transformation of the building was encapsulation of the existing exterior to refresh all façades. Glazing subcontractor, A W Glazing (AWG) installed a Technal MX curtain walling system with coloured glass in varying shades of anthracite, creating an eye catching design on the school’s exterior. The company used 17m scissor lifts to install the 15m high curtain walling to all four sides of the building, working to complex designs to deliver the patterned effect.  

The Eden Boys' School sports hall

More than 700 opening windows were installed as part of the glazing project along with a number of ribbon windows and automatic doors. Conlon also carried out associated external works, including upgrading of tarmac surfaces, creation of a hardstanding Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) pitch, car parking and drop off areas.

Inside a new lab at Eden Boys' School

Michael Conlon, chairman at Conlon Construction, said: “This was a challenging project involving a restricted city centre site and a critical deadline, which will be met despite modifications to the project during the programme.

“Our experience of both refurbishment projects and education schemes enabled us to manage project delivery effectively, working with our established supply chain to complete a stunning transformation.”

Inside the new building

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