With the site being located within a predominantly residential area, and coupled with the requirement for a number of critical elements to be executed during term time within a live school environment, this project presented a number of significant challenges including the following:
As certain elements of the building adjacent to our works were to be retained, we were required to design, install and maintain a series of complex temporary works packages, to ensure the integrity of the adjacent structures.
Our works were undertaken during term-time, as such the academy remained fully-operational throughout. Therefore, we ensured that the pupils, staff and visitors to the school were protected at all times from potential debris, and were exposed as little as possible to noise, vibration or particulate matter. We initially conducted background analysis to establish baseline noise, dust and vibration levels, prior to installing monitoring stations along the site perimeter.
To minimise dust, we implemented robust dust suppression methods including use of ‘dust busters’ and ‘moto fog’ systems. Non-percussive hydraulic demolition techniques were used wherever practical to reduce noise and vibration. We also further reduced noise using our innovative tool noise dampening system. We also published and distributed regular bulletins for both the school faculty and local residents, which included both progress updates and notifications of planned noisy works.