ISG secures second primary school upgrade scheme with Calder
ISG has secured a £1.1 million project to extend and modernise facilities at Luddendenfoot Junior and Infants School in Halifax. The contractor has also completed a recent refurbishment project at the nearby Scout Road Primary School, with both schemes part of Calderdale Council’s commitment to upgrading local school facilities over the next two years in a major £42 million Primary Capital Programme initiative.
This latest project, at Luddendenfoot Junior and Infants School, involves finishing work and making good defects on an extension that was left incomplete by a contractor that ceased trading. The two-storey extension will house two new classrooms, with the upper floor bathed in natural light from a large roof light in the ceiling. Under floor heating, high levels of thermal insulation and modern double glazed window units provide a more energy efficient extension than is required to comply with Building Regulations.
The extension will also house a new plant room and efficient boiler at ground floor level. In addition to the extension, the scheme also sees ISG completely refurbish the existing school’s facilities, creating extra classroom capacity and a modern state-of-the-art learning environment for pupils.
ISG is working alongside Calderdale’s Building Design and Maintenance team, who are providing an overall project management service for the scheme, with Planet Architecture the council’s project architect. The construction programme has been carefully scheduled into four distinct phases to minimise potential disruption to staff and pupils. Once the extension has been completed, several classes will then occupy these new facilities, whilst ISG will begin refurbishing the areas that have been vacated in the main school building.
During term holiday, ISG carried out major structural work within the dining room area to create a large open plan room and upgrade the kitchen servery provision. Within the main school building, ISG will carry out a comprehensive programme of refurbishment, rationalising and reconfiguring the space to provide a contemporary teaching environment. The contractor will create a new learning resource centre, including a high specification ICT suite, as well fit out a new library and renovate the school hall. ISG will excavate into the hillside and construct a retaining wall to create a new purpose-built play area, with the project scheduled for completion by the autumn.
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