• Housing Excellence Partnering Scheme of the Year 2012
  • LABC Built in Quality Awards Finalists 2015
  • CIOB Construction Manager of the Year Finalist 2012
  • ROSPA 2013 Silver Award Winner
  • CAESER Scores Cruden 92% for Developing Work Force Skills
  • Leaders in Diversity Accredited
  • Reducing our carbon footprint by 5% annually
  • Investors in People Accredited Company
  • Winner 2012 Constructing Excellence Awards - Leadership & People Development
  • Health and Safety OHSAS 18001:2007 Accredited
  • Environmental ISO 14001:2004 Accredited
  • Quality Assurance ISO 9001:2008 Accredited
  • Safe Contractor Approved
  • Positive About Disabled People Accredited Organisation
  • 55m Group Turnover in 2014
  • CSCS Platinum Status - over 90% of our staff are registered
  • Supporting Apprenticeships and Training
  • 250 skilled and qualified construction professionals employed
  • Dedicated staff volunteering scheme - Escalate in the Community
  • Winner 2012 Salford Business Awards - Community Award
  • International CSR Excellence Gold Award Winner 2015
Thursday 21st February 2013

Lancasterian SEN School, Didsbury

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"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.


  • New Icopal overlay to all flat roof areas with a 12 year guarantee.
  • Rooflight refurbishments.
  • New capping trim, bargeboards and downspouts.
  • Decoration to remaining timber.
  • Bio-clean to pre-cast panelling on front elevations.
  • Approx 90% replacement of external windows and doors with UPVC, double glazed and designed for security.
  • All similar in appearance to that existing to save on planning approval periods.
  • 8 new ' Broxap ' roof canopies to main entrances and breakout classroom areas.
  • Asbestos removal to all areas affected by remodelling including window base panels.
  • Consideration was given to make more efficient use of existing available floor area and to minimise the need for demolition and removals due to the CLASP restraints. Accessibility, reconfiguration, relocation and rationalisation of rooms. Strategy for internal circulation on corridors and entrances with orientation by the use of internal finishes and colours. All made for the transformation and modernisation of the learning environment
  • New ceilings, internal doors with finger traps, and decoration throughout. New floor finishes to majority of areas.
  • New more efficient light fittings together with a complete electrical re-wire and organisation, including provision of support trays and dado trunking for power, lighting, intruder, fire alarm and video entry.
  • Upgrade and installation of ICT cabling, communication rooms and interactive whiteboards.
  • Installation of a Soundfield System.
  • Due to the limited budget the heating system was made more efficient with the installation of new gas boilers replacing old oil fired boilers and the introduction of more efficient controls. The existing heating pipework was tested and retained together with existing heating coils in the Seniors Block. New radiators and covers were able to be provide elsewhere.

Added Value
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.

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