With Corran Integrated Primary School, FORMME Ltd has delivered a technically complex, sustainable solution that has allowed the company to expand fully into the education sector. The project included the construction of the main primary school, a nursery and a maintenance store. The package of works included the sub-structure, super structure, mechanical, electrical, civils and fit-out of the school. FORRME’s responsibilities on this project were varied and at times, technically challenging.
“We installed a steel frame for the main multi-purpose hall and this was integrated with a traditional block cavity wall. A ring beam was installed around the perimeter of the school to boost the structural integrity of the block walls. The roof build-up was made of timber trusses and a composite roof panel which was covered in a tile to give the building more of a traditional feel,” said Kathryn McClune, Assistant Contracts Manager at FORRME.
Internally, the company completed the fit-out of the three buildings, including plastering and painting the walls throughout along with the installation of fitted furniture.
“In the main multi-purpose hall area, we installed Junckers flooring which is a shock-absorbing floor, to minimise the risk of injuries. We also completed the mechanical and electrical works throughout the three buildings, including stage lighting, interactive boards and automatic rooflights.”
The external works comprised perimeter fencing, landscaping, car parking, drop off zones, retaining walls, paving, a MUGA pitch and play equipment.
“We installed low level fencing around the different key stages which ensured segregation between the busy car park and play areas. The car park has external lighting installed that works on a dusk to dawn setting; they’re more energy efficient as they are only switched on and off when the sun sets and when the sun rises.”
Sustainability is at the heart of Corran Integrated Primary School. As part of FORRME’s works, the company was also contracted to comply with BREEAM “Excellent” status.
“This meant that we had to ensure we complied with material specifications that provided an A+ rating.” Corran IPS was registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, with the project scoring over 40 for both visits.
“This meant that Corran IPS was selected for the Considerate Constructors National Site Award. We managed to surpass expectations and achieved a silver award.” The new school wasn’t without its challenges.
“As Corran IPS is a faceted building, the shape of the rooms presented us with a challenge as they were not completely square. This had an effect on the fitted furniture and trunking that was being fitted in the corner of the rooms. We overcame this issue by installing a corner piece made out of timber which allowed the fitted furniture and trunking to be tailored to suit each room.”
To prevent dirt being transported to the main roads, the company decided to lay the basecourse of tarmac at an early stage. “The new school is built between residential houses so we made this decision to maintain a good relationship with the local neighbours. We also made the decision to install the permanent Ibex fencing at the beginning of the project. This was a better option than hoarding as high winds at the exposed coastal site could have caused hoarding to blow over and cause damage to neighbouring properties or to anyone walking past.”
Corran Integrated Primary School is a project that FORRME is particularly proud of. “As the school was in such a challenging location, we wanted to demonstrate our ability and deliver it to the highest quality. It also proves that we have what it takes to complete technically demanding projects in the education sector.”
Castledawson-based Creagh Precision Joinery Limited was responsible for the supply of doors and frames as factory assembled doorsets at the Corran Integrated Primary School project. The experienced company also supplied screens and side lights to the project.
Creagh Precision provided doors with vision panels, frames and associated ironmongery as pre-assembled factory hung doorsets. These were delivered to site as a unit for simple installation, resulting in substantial installation time and cost savings. Commenting on the pre-assembled units, Managing Director John McElhone said, “Fire rating and acoustic performance required from doorsets in public buildings is best met when the components are accurately machined, fitted and assembled within factory-controlled settings.”
Established in 2000, the team at Creagh Precision Joinery was well prepared for any challenges that cropped up during this project and was delighted with the opportunity to get involved with such an important building for the local community. “We are delighted with our contribution to Corran Primary School which has given us another opportunity to work alongside main contractor Forrme,” said John McElhone, Managing Director at the company.
“With a demanding specification, we are proud of our work and our ability to meet the very tight deadline.”
Creagh Precision Joinery is well established as one of the leading suppliers of doorsets to the building industry throughout the UK and Ireland. The company’s experience in the sector allows it to offer products and service demanded by architects and contractors alike, while support is on hand throughout the process from specification to project management.
Creagh Precision Joinery, Unit E, 105 Creagh Road, Castledawson, Co. Derry, BT45 8EY.
T: 028 794 68401
The team at McCorley Mechanical & Electrical Ltd is delighted to have been engaged in the provision of all mechanical installations to Corran Integrated Primary School. These included heating, plumbing, ventilation and renewable energy.
“Renewable energy was a very important factor in this project. Solar thermal collectors were installed on the roof and are working extremely efficiently,” said John McCorley.
McCorley Mechanical & Electrical Ltd is a family owned and managed company which has been providing a first class service to the construction industry for over 38 years. The company is consistent in placing a huge emphasis on customer service. A fitting testament to its standing and reputation in the industry is the number of clients who return, safe in the knowledge that the company can be relied upon to deliver a top notch service and to complete on schedule.
Based in Toomebridge, Co Antrim, McCorley Mechanical & Electrical Ltd focused solely on mechanical projects between 1980 and 2016. The incorporation of an electrical division has allowed the company to diversify and today it boasts an impressive portfolio of clients throughout Ireland and the UK. The experienced and knowledgeable team at McCorley Mechanical & Electrical Ltd handles a wide variety of project types including domestic, commercial, industrial and medical. They are involved from the design stage, through construction to completion.
Pat believes that “delivering the highest quality job is key along with ensuring the client is satisfied at every stage of the project.”
Pat McCorley Mechanical Services Ltd, 53 Carlane Rd, Antrim, BT41 3PA
T: 028 7965 0823
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