Mawney Foundation School

Mawney Foundation School


The project comprises the demolition of the existing 1896 school building and construction of a new 3 storey educational facility in the grounds of the existing school.

The new school is to be constructed whilst the existing school is still operational. To cause minimal disruption, specific and careful construction & demolition phasing strategies for building, drainage and infrastructure had to be adopted.

The new school building was constructed after the pupils had decanted into temporary accommodation and part of the existing school had been demolished.

To aid the service distribution around the building, the structural beams which span the corridor are located in the depth of the precast floor and CHS ties have been utilised parallel to the precast span direction to tie the columns together and minimise any potential clashes of services into the classrooms.

Cost saving in heave protection. Ground bearing floor slab with varying depth of subbase was provided instead of suspended ground floor slab with Cordek heave protection.

Key Challenges

Until 2016, pupils attending Mawney Foundation School were using classrooms that were built in 1896 on a site that had no dedicated areas for the children to play sports outside.

Thanks to clever use of the available space and the construction of a brand new 3 storey school building, pupils can now enjoy 21st century technology in large airy classrooms and all-weather outdoor sports facilities.

The new school building can also cater for more children.

The super structure for the new building is to comprise of a braced structural steel frame with precast concrete floor construction. The precast floor and roof slabs will also be utilised for their thermal mass as part of the ventilation strategy for the building.

The Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) management train was central to the surface water drainage strategy of the proposed development site.

Attenuation and flow control devices were implemented to ensure there is no increase in surface water discharge from the site during construction phases and after completion.

Constrained site. Careful phasing of demolition of existing building and construction of new building.


Dominic Ginty

Dominic Ginty
Service Director - Building Structures
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