Case Study


Brentwood School

Sale, Manchester

Trafford Council
Sale, Manchester
April 2015
September 2016
Form of Contract
PSPC 10 and 6
Delivery Type
Design and Build

Brentwood School provides specialist education for pupils aged 11-25 with severe learning difficulties, profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This saw the school relocated from their previous site and allowed expansion to 150 pupils.

The new purpose built school includes specialist rooms for food technology, art/design and technology, science, life skills, sensory theatre, music and drama room and college common room. For students with therapy needs there is a hydrotherapy pool, trampoline and soft play area. The outdoor space has a bike track (and specialist bikes), horticulture areas, a sensory garden and an all-weather pitch for outdoor games.

Design collaboration and BIM
The contractor used lessons learned from previous schemes and visited similar specialist education schools to help propose the most suitable building for Brentwood, with all design aspects considered. Design briefings were held early with Trafford Council and Brentwood senior staff to ensure key drivers were met and suitability of the design and finishes for students and staff. BIM was utilised to review co-ordination issues, consider buildability issues and design out clashes. The models were also used to show the pupils and staff of Brentwood how their new school was being constructed and the layout of the building.

Community benefit
• 8 new jobs created on the project and 2 apprentices employed
• 75% local labour, 73% local spend
• 41/50 Considerate Constructors report score

“Kier have made a challenging task an exciting and rewarding
experience with their professional, accommodating and caring
approach.” Hilary Moon- Former Brentwood Headteacher