Education

Client:
Greenhead College
Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, HD1 4ES

Phase 1:
February to September ‘00
Value £650k
New Build Extension

Phase 2: 
February ‘03 to September ‘04
Value £1.9M
New Build Extension and Refurbishment

Background
Recognised as an ‘outstanding college’ in its last three inspections and awarded the prestigious Beacon Award, Greenhead College is a very compact 6th form campus housing 1700 students and is situated in a conservation area on the edge of Huddersfield town centre.

Description of External Works
The phase one works involved a New Build Classroom Extension housing the new science laboratories with design specifications incorporating triangular dormer windows and angled staircase.

The phase two works involved the construction of a New Build Extension and the Refurbishment of existing facilities. The new build development was constructed around an existing single storey physics block built on two levels in the early 1970’s out of brick and finished with a flat roof. The works required the existing physics block to be left completely intact with a steel frame erected around it with Torpoint Limited constructing an additional two storeys above it – one complete storey and one within the roof space of the new build extension.

Both projects required the external cladding of the buildings in natural stone in keeping with the colleges existing facade. It was essential to contractually accommodate a tight timeframe that took into account the needs of the college, its students and its staff by conducting key stages of the works during college holidays and breaks. This meant that accuracy of project scheduling was essential whilst at the same time ensuring health & safety retained priority status throughout. To this end all existing fire escapes and routes were maintained during the programme of works with Torpoint making the site secure in order to prevent student access.