Thriftwood School – SEN Classroom Building

About the project:

Following a competitive tender process, R1 Construction secured the contract to replace two separate single classroom dilapidated modular classroom buildings with a new purpose built SEN double classroom teaching building with associated office space, WC’s and stores.

In addition to the building, a large new canopy was to be installed, paving to the building perimeter, a new retaining wall and DDA compliant ramp to other buildings on higher ground.

R1 Construction proposed the use of a SIPS (Structurally Insulated Panel System) building, which utilises modern methods of construction whereby the superstructure of the building is pre-fabricated and delivered to site, and erected in sections.

Due to the close proximity of nearby trees, and the requirement for level access to the front and rear of the building, extensive excavation and muck-away was required, followed by deep strip footings. From this, a traditional block and beam floor was installed with insulation and screed to finish. This provides the school with an extremely robust and solid floor.

Externally, the school opted for a non-combustible Marley Cedral Click cladding system, providing a maintenance free and UV resistant solution. The roof is finished with full built-up felt roofing system, and aluminium windows and doors complete the building.
Internally the building benefits from high efficiency lighting and heating / cooling systems helping minimise the daily running costs associated with the completed build.