Cambria Consulting were appointed to undertake full Civil and Structural engineering services for the scheme.
The 130,000 sq ft, three-storey building with state-of-the-art facilities will accommodate 1,250 pupils. The redevelopment includes a dining hall, a courtyard, a sixth form area, performance spaces and excellent sporting facilities including an all-weather hockey pitch, grassed football and rugby pitches, games courts and an indoor sports hall. This project is a part of the 21st Century Schools programme.
The site has considerable falls along the length of the building resulting in a significant cut and fill, fully modelled in AutoCAD Civil 3D.
The proposed SuDS design incorporates swales, balancing ponds, rain gardens and porous paving to satisfy the latest legislation from Schedule 3 of the Flood and Water Management Act.
Structurally, the building is to be a braced steel frame over 2, 3 and four storeys to take full advantage of the naturally sloping site and to achieve, as close as possible, a balanced cut and fill operation.
Large open dining and circulation areas are created with the use of long-span beams which are intended to be cellular to save weight and provide sufficient space to accommodate service runs.
The significant cut and fill required to establish the differing construction plateaus and an anticipated depth of made ground of circa 4 metres leads to piling as a foundation solution.