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    Project Details

  • Sector:
  • Services: Civil and Structural Engineering, Geotechnical and Site Investigation, CCTV Drainage Survey
  • Client: Cheshire East Council
  • Location: Cheshire

Park Lane SEN School

Sutcliffe was engaged by Cheshire East Council to design a new two-storey extension to the existing school block.

Our site investigation indicated that traditional pad & strip foundations would suffice, and exposure works within the existing building ascertained joist & roof spans so we could incorporate this into the structural design from an early stage. The CCTV drainage survey revealed an existing private network which ran through the proposed extension footprint, which required diverting and upgrading to suit additional flows.

A steel frame with precast floors and a lightweight metal roof was the optimal method of construction for the extension to achieve the architect’s open-plan configuration. MCC came onboard after RIBA Stage 4 design and started on site in December 2020 during the pandemic. Several unforeseen delays took place during the build process including a leaking water main in the ground, which caused issues with lift pit tanking installation.

Collaborative work overcame the various problems on the site and good relations were maintained. The final result is a very modern extension & a refurbished building that provides additional teaching space for SEN pupils with specialist hoists to suit their needs.