Refurbishment of a former local authority care home to create replacement special educational needs (SEN) facilities for Rodney House School, covering an area of 1,419 sqm.
The refurbishment of the Rodney House facility sees the creation of classroom accommodation and ancillary areas, providing 50 full-time places for children aged between 3-11 years with additional learning needs.
The team delivered the project to a challenging programme, with the identification of hidden asbestos threatening project delivery. Following an investigation and secure removal, adjustments were made to re-programme and streamline work activities enabling on time, on budget completion.
Sustainability and localism
• Following a period of unemployment, one local resident was employed as a general operative. After project completion, the site manager became aware of an employment opportunity at the school, and supported the individual in successfully applying for the position.
• 69% of the workforce were from Greater Manchester and 100% were living in the North West region.
• 11 apprentices were supported, working a total of 84 weeks on site.
School engagement and student development
• Local colleges were engaged throughout the project, with a number of curriculum support activities delivered to the students.
• Two local Construction and Built Environment students undertook work placements with the project Quantity Surveyor.
“A collaborative approach has enabled Rodney House School to realise their vision of a new specialist support facility. The design and construction teams responded well with thoughtful and sensitive solutions that address the school’s needs and will make a positive contribution to the lives of the pupils who attend the school “
Alistair Burns, Design Manager, Manchester City Council