School Block Refurbishment

HMS was commissioned by SMS Consultancy to design and refurbish the unoccupied Block 5 building at Collective Spirit Primary School, Oldham.

A major refurbishment and redesign was required to transform this outdated 1960s single-storey structure into a flexible and modern facility, adding 13 new classrooms, a main hall, toilet blocks, staffroom and external courtyard.

HMS repaired the leaking roof structure and stripped out fixtures, fittings and redundant services. Installation works then included:

  • Suspended ceilings with lighting throughout
  • Passive infrared (PIR) light sensors, to reduce energy consumption
  • 32 replacement windows and doors, replacing damaged and inefficient installations to optimise the thermal envelope
  • 85 new partition walls, with soundblock boarding and fire-rated and acoustic installation
  • New lighting, power, fire and data systems
  • New heating, water and ventilation systems
  • Male, female, disabled access and staff toilet facilities
  • Fire doors, access ramps, full decoration and joinery

Works were programmed for the summer holiday shut-down. The school remained fully operational throughout, so HMS worked closely with the school and client representative to keep staff informed, set up separate access for site staff and erect barriers and fences to cordon off works.

Staff told HMS that involving staff and children in the design process helped to deliver a successful refurbishment. Children gained a sense of ownership over the new-look block, which has developed a positive attitude, reflected through polite and appropriate behaviour.

The project was completed on schedule and inside the £360,000 budget.