Eden Leadership Academies
Two new Muslim faith secondary schools one academy for girls and the other for boys which will cater for 1,600 pupils (approx. 800 each) and 144 full-time equivalent staff once the school reaches its capacity.
The batch awarded to Wates Construction also included the design and build of Tauheedul Islam Boys’ High School in Blackburn.FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WATES CONSTRUCTION
The schools included associated sports pitches and landscaping on a capped landfill site. There is also a 137-space car park complete with extra drop-off and pick-up spaces for parents, 160 cycle spaces and electric vehicle charging points.
Temporary accommodation was set up on a different site, which meant working in a live and logistically challenging environment, with the site being next to a new road that runs between a shopping centre and a trading estate.
The Adapt approach has been adopted to build the schools in this batch. The Eden Academies mirror each other and comprise of two-storey, steel frame with masonry clad envelope, mixture of curtain walling and punched windows. Prefabrication elements were used for the corridors in the form of M&E modules, so we could install domestic pipework in six metre pre-constructed sections. This method enabled us to build a secondary school in approximately 55 weeks and provided many advantages, including safety, less site congestion, minimal waste, reduced programme risk and less hours worked on site.