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Priority Schools Building Programme

the North West of England

Working within strict timescales, VolkerLaser have utilised specialist solutions to deliver a government initiative to the benefit of schools nationwide.

Key services provided

  • Inverted roofing
  • Concrete deck work
  • Waterproofing

The Education Funding Agency (EFA)’s Priority Schools Building Programme is a nationwide government initiative to improve schools that are in urgent need of repair. Appointed as a specialist subcontractor, VolkerLaser have been contracted to provide protection works to the current stock of twelve schools based in the North West, located in Blacon, Wigan, Neston, Prenton, Blackpool, Birkenhead, Halton, Stockport and Manchester.

Due to the strict timescales enforced by school holidays, it was important that work was carried out quickly. In order to meet these requirements, VolkerLaser specified Stirling Lloyd’s Integritank for the waterproofing of the new inverted roofs. The system’s fast curing time of 30-35 minutes was critical to the project, allowing other trades to continue working alongside the roof waterproofing. Our expertise and innovation cut valuable time on the project to just 36 weeks.

Throughout the first construction phase, approximately 8,500m2 of waterproofing has been applied, over 1,000 paving slabs laid, and over 8,000m2 of vertical insulation installed. This preliminary phase was completed in March 2016 to the benefit of around
2,000 school children - ready for their return after the Easter break for the start of summer term. Working through the wettest winter on record and relentless high winds, conditions have been challenging for all involved due to adverse weather. Despite the limited hours of daylight, the VolkerLaser team have worked hard to deliver the works.

A considerate contractor

VolkerLaser were were proud to receive Morgan Sindall’s Safety Award for the project’s positive attitude to health and safety - as well as coming in top in our client’s Supply Chain Partners Safety League.

“The Priority Schools Building Programme is an important government initiative to be involved in, and through this project we’re committed to improving the school environment for the North West community.“
Richard Woodward
Site Manager

Facts and figures

  • Client
    Morgan Sindall
  • Value
    £1.3 million
  • Duration
    October 2015 - 2016
  • Project categories
    Building

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