Salford Primary Schools Expansion
Three locations in Salford
With exponential growth in some of the UK’s towns and cities, a key challenge for many local authorities is ensuring sufficient access to education for children and young people. In March 2016, projections for Salford indicated that primary school places needed to increase by 5% to meet demand. In response, Salford City Council launched a fast-tracked scheme delivered by Galliford Try under the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) Framework to extend three of the city’s primary schools; The Friars, St Paul’s and Lark Hill.
Modular school solutions
The programme used modular construction, which provided the optimum solution to deliver within the challenging time constraints. The modular construction installation was carried out at the sites during the 2016 summer break. This was essential to avoid disruption to teaching at the existing facilities. Construction took 11 weeks, completed at all three schools before the start of term in September.
Collaboration with stakeholders
Galliford Try worked closely with Urban Vision and user stakeholders to develop the design. Awarding the scheme as a package offered benefits, such as savings on preliminaries (package preliminaries developed together) and familiarisation with the supply chain (the same suppliers were engaged for all three projects). At project launch, the contractor held a joint workshop with all school stakeholders (end users from each school) and Urban Vision, where issues and construction approach was discussed collaboratively with the construction team. Each school benefited from this collaborative approach, sharing ideas and innovations across the scheme.
The project supported social, economic and environmental benefits including:
• Local supply chain: The ‘Recycle the Local £’ initiative ensured that Salford businesses benefitted directly. 84% of total Tier 1 supply chain spend was within Greater Manchester, 100% within the North West
• Employment and skills: We generated four apprenticeships, four local jobs and three work placements. We also became a signatory of the Salford City Mayor’s Employment Charter, ensuring that all project employees were paid no less than the Salford Living Wage of £7.45 p/hr
• Environment: All three projects were built in line with BREEAM, and preassessment achieved ‘Very Good’ rating. 98.7% of construction waste generated was diverted from landfill. At Lark Hill Primary School, a gas membrane was fitted at ground level to control contamination from high peat soil levels.
“Galliford Try have clearly worked hard with the school and local residents to make the project a success.”
Les Woolhouse, Building Surveyor Manager, Urban Vision Partnership