Rosslee were awarded this school extension scheme set over 4 phases from Bury Council.

Phase 1 consisted of a 3 classroom extension which compromised of traditional strip foundations and masonry wall construction with partial fill cavity. Bison beam floors were installed, with insulation and screed. The roof construction was of timber trusses and cladding to match the existing buildings. Walls were drylined and plastered, and veneered door sets were installed. Cubicles and vanity units were installed to the unisex toilets. Floor coverings compromised of carpet and vinyl, with matting at the entrance ways. The windows and doors where PVC and security shutters were installed over all windows and doors. A plant room was built to accommodate the new extensions, and the main incoming electric main was upgraded to facilitate the school’s new size. Ventilation was installed to all areas, and each classroom had new ‘teacher walls’ installed including smart screens.

Phase 2 was converting an existing classroom into a new staff room, where a kitchenette was installed along with a new staff WC. Part of the staff room was portioned off with full height glazing to form a new office for the business manager. Works included new electrical services and ventilation.

Phase 3 works were to demolish an existing prefabricated building, which lay in the footprint of the proposed Phase 4 extensions. Asbestos removal was required, and the building dismantled and carted off site.

Phase 4 was completion of the extensions, creating a further 2 classrooms and additional toilet facilities, including a run of vanity units housing basins along the corridor. The construction mirrored that of Phase 1.

External works compromised of landscaping works, the installation of a pumping station for the foul waste, and an attenuation tank to control the surface water drainage. The football pitch at the rear of the school was formed to suit the new levels and the playground was extended with a tarmac finish.

Social Value

  • Site tours were conducted for every class of the school to enjoy a walk round the perimeter, where they discussed the project and the pupils could ask questions.
  • A strong relationship was formed with the next door Pimhole Farm and Rosslee operatives got involved by volunteering during their community days and making wooden nest boxes from spare materials for fund raising.

Project value: £1.4m