"Throughout the process I have found that Cruden's have been very supportive and appreciative of the specific needs of the school and have, where possible, revised work programmes to accommodate school activities. One particular example relates to completing the refurbishment of the Drama Theatre in time for a school production, although there are many others. In my experience whenever there have been problems they have been addressed swiftly and effectively. One of our biggest concerns prior to the commencement of the contract was the potential disruption on the students learning. Therefore, it was particularly pleasing that as part of the recent Ofsted inspection which judged the school to be 'Outstanding', the Inspector commented that there had not been any detrimental impact to the teaching and learning of pupils as a result of the building works.
From my perspective as School Business Manager I have been very impressed by the high level of professionalism and commitment shown by Cruden's staff and would welcome the opportunity to show interested parties around the school and discuss our experiences in more detail."
Mr Andrew Morley, Business Manager, Parrenthorn High School
Won as a traditional competitive tender in accordance with the procurement rules of the European Union, Cruden Construction was delighted to be selected by Bury Metropolitan Borough Council to deliver these superb new £6.6 Million facilities at Parrenthorn High School.
The project involved the construction of approximately 2700 m² of new general teaching accommodation, an Assembly Hall, Music Suite, ICT, Technology and Textile rooms. In addition major refurbishment works include the replacement of all services, roof and windows.
Design: The project has been designed by Bury Council Architectural Services. The design incorporates the employment of Scape Technology introducing new elements of structure to improve performance and economy. Scape Technology is a component based steel frames system evolved over recent years and widely used now in the public and education sectors. The benefits include; use on sites subject to subsidence, quality and reliability, off site manufacturing, sustainable contribution through waste reduction and light steel weight, speed of construction, low maintenance costs and achievement of DfES cost guidelines.
The design maximises the use of daylight with large glazed areas in every classroom, teaching areas and in the assembly hall linking the school to its external environment and reducing energy use, lowering carbon emissions.
Modern ICT solutions are incorporated in the design. These include wireless and hard wire ICT systems for future proofing and interactive whiteboards in every classroom. An ICT suite features 30 workstations ideal for IT training.
Passivent ventilation, Storm Cell Attenuator and insulated external wall details all help to provide a green design. The design, the construction method and the programme all took account of the requirement for the existing school to remain operational throughout the works.
As much as possible the construction works were fully segregated from the existing school operations and daily liaison between the School's Business Manager and our construction team ensured that we kept the school fully informed on issues that may effect the school's operation, for example, when heavy loads were to be delivered. Our construction team were very attentive to the requirements of the school.
The new extension comprises of a new music wing with recording studio, 18 individual classrooms 2 offices 4 local WC areas and new hall, all totalling up to 2700m² of new floor space, and 2 new outside play areas. Externally a new Stormcell hydro water unit has been installed and associated groundworks.
The refurbishment comprises of a complete electrical rewire and new sub mains to over 55 rooms and associated corridors; a nearly complete overhaul of the heating system including new boilers, heating and ventilation; complete internal and external door replacement package; the refurbishment of 41 associated rooms, including forming new shower facilities; food/textiles/combined technology rooms; new ICT rooms; a new science laboratory and various new teaching and staff areas.
Conducted tours with School Monitors were undertaken to allow pupils to view the progress on site and to report back to their groups. Cruden participated in supporting School activities by sponsoring events such as Drama / Play Productions "Blood Brothers".
RIDDOR Accidents - Nil
BREEAM Rating - 'Very Good'
Considerate Contractors Scheme Assessment Score – 35.5
Waste Recycling % of all waste from our direct works – 82%