"I'm writing to you as I wish to draw your attention and to give credit to Carl Lyons. I would fully endorse any acknowledgement that Cruden can give to him. I consider he has provided outstanding service to this school, to me, the staff and pupils of Lancasterian"
Dave Calvert, Head Teacher, Lancasterian SEN School
The Lancasterian School in West Didsbury has undergone a major regeneration with a £2.6million refurbishment of the current school building. The school is a Special Educational Needs Facility recently granted specialist status for Communication and Interaction.
The project, delivered through the Manchester City Council Framework 1 09 and Wave 4 as part of the Building Schools for the Future and Academies Programme has given a new lease of life to the building and better provision of space allocation which will facilitate The Lancasterian Vision to achieve its objectives.
Due to the nature, and the requirement for the continued use of the existing facilities, a decant was not possible to be undertaken during the works. A six-phase construction and logistics programme was jointly agreed with the school, closely monitored and successfully achieved together. Improvements on phase completion dates were progressively made with a final 10 week improvement on the contact completion date. The budget was set and design provisions agreed prior to the start on site. This was also closely monitored and the project was not only delivered to the budget but also realised savings which allowed for items to be added back into the school requirements.
The existing single storey school buildings are of a type of 'system built' construction known as 'CLASP' with structural limitations and potential for asbestos fibre release from damaged column casings and base window panels constructed from Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB). In addition to which Asbestos containing materials (ACMs) were known to have been used extensively on pipe work, heating plant and other services, and as ceiling tiles and wall panels. Due consideration was given to the above in the design and strategy of construction together with the special requirements in maintaining the continuing function of the 'live' school.
The partnering framework facilitated a fast procurement of design and delivery of a very good quality project within programme and budget. The 'joined together' relationship with the Project Team, School (Principals, teachers and especially the children), Cruden Group non-project staff has been central to the success of the project.
The refurbishment and re-use of existing building has improved: teaching flexibility and the learning environment, control of internal environment given the vulnerable nature of the children, energy efficiency with the introduction efficient plant, lighting and controls. CO2 emissions were reduced via change from oil to gas with improved access control for flexible use of facilities within the community.
Cruden continue to work closely with the school through staff volunteering support to ensure the school continues to develop and improve.