Bridgelea Primary School
This scheme saw ISG refurbish an existing school building for the relocation of two pupil referral units (PRUs) from Gorton and Wythenshawe.
First opened in 1906, the building of special interest was designed by architect Henry Price and had lain empty for just over a year before work began. Both the design and build were tailored specifically for the change of use, with more robust construction details, and tailored fire and security arrangements to ensure it met the standards required for a PRU. The restoration project saw ISG replace all timber floors across the three storeys with screeding to incorporate under floor heating. The internal layout was reconfigured, with a new M&E, lift and service risers incorporated into plans. All windows were replaced with efficient aluminium alternatives and security was also brought up to date with CCTV, intercoms and access controlled doors. Given the age of the building, we were also required to undertake structural reinforcement works, including installing piles within the existing building and casting a new suspended ground floor slab. Key historic elements were retained, including glazed Victorian tiling in the stair cores. Externally, the car park was extended and brought up to date.
• The project hosted an MCC apprentice, Dan Walker, one day a week for two months.
• Our subcontractors demolished a chimney, patched up the roof and inspected the covering at the community kitchen in Whalley Range.
• We hosted two sector-based work academy visits, and a site visit for ISG’s World of Work Experience (WOWEX).
• The team donated bricks and wood for the local forest wood project.
• ISG partnered with social enterprise Enabling Enterprise to seed fund a series of training sessions and challenge days. In total, ISG will support 97 teachers and 1,965 students from across six different schools in Manchester as part of the programme.
“In delivering the EBN schools programme (10 new build and refurbishment projects) through the NWCH, ISG has shown themselves to be a highly capable and collaborative framework partner. We’ve very much worked as a blended team, establishing excellent working relationships supported by effective two-way communications.”
Tim Laycock, Major Projects Lead (Interim), Manchester City Council