The architects and engineers all agreed that this was one of the most technically challenging projects that they had encountered to date. Working with Ed Toovey Architects and PJCE Engineers, Rhino was tasked with removing the existing roof structure and installing 14 tons of structural steel to facilitate the construction of additional student and staff accommodation within the roof space. Health and Safety was critically important during all phases of the build as the project was undertaken during school term time, with the building in constant use by students and staff. Our team were DBS checked and we worked in partnership with the school to minimize any potential disruption. The other challenges included the preservation of the historic building and bat conservation. This was achieved by sympathetically rebuilding the roof on the new steel structure using natural slate tiles and VM zinc cladding.
In addition, a unique and dedicated bat roost was constructed using slate tiles with specialized felt underlay and access vents. The main stairwell was preserved and refurbished and extended to match the existing along with a large glazed roof dome to the heart of the building.
The school was very pleased with their new dormitories, bathrooms and self-contained staff accommodation, delivered on time and on budget as promised.