John Turner Construction was awarded this expansion project at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School in Liverpool to help them meet their increasing pupil demand. The contract was procured using a single-stage tender process with the bids evaluated on both a price and quality basis.

The scope of works comprised of a new two-story detached teaching block along with internal works in the existing school atrium. Providing additional teaching facilities, the new building includes six classrooms arranged in a linear form over two floors with ancillary rooms, a kitchen, administration offices and a lift.

The new extension is a steel-framed structure with the ground floor cast in suspended in-situ concrete. Due to poor ground conditions a CFA bored pile foundation solution was used with in-situ concrete pile caps and ground beams. The upper floor and roof structures were installed using a composite metal deck system. A feature glazed ‘roof’ over the circulation corridor connects directly to the full façade of curtain walling below, with continuity of the mullion lines maintained.

Heating and cooling are supplied via a VRF system (variable refrigerant flow) running from two externally located heat pumps. The building achieved an air permeability target of 3 in order to meet the updated Building Regulations Part L.

In addition to the new extension, the project also included fitting out an area of the school within its atrium and circulation core area. Work included forming a raised seating and break-out area with tall feature monolithic ‘fins’. This core area was also our point of connection to the existing services for the fire alarm, data and other electrical services.

Client: Archbishop Blanch School

Our client’s responses

” John Turner has won a number of tenders at Edge Hill University and has been consistently successful in completing high quality projects, on programme and on budget. “

” I would like to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to your entire team who were responsible for delivering such a successful project. We would especially like to recognise the dedication and commitment your team gave the project which was completed with minimal disruption to our hospital functions. ”

” The project has been a real success and this is due to the professional and well organised manner in which John Turner’s staff conducted themselves. There was excellent communication with a priority for safeguarding the pupils and staff at all times. “

” It is extremely refreshing to know that the enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication and humour is still available in the right proportions to make things happen in the construction industry. What is most pleasing is that at all times, the requirements of the Client and Church of England Pensions Boards as the end-user was paramount. Collectively, we have achieved completion on time, a building within budget and in some areas exceeded the client’s expectations. “

” Just a line to express my thanks and appreciation of your sterling efforts to secure the completion of this project within the agreed programme. I am impressed by both the attitude and approach of your organisation. Thanks once again on behalf of my colleagues and the clinical staff with whom you developed a true spirit of co-operation under difficult circumstances. “




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