St Colman’s College
St Colman’s College, Newry is regarded as one of the Northern Ireland’s premier Grammar Schools. This project was a multi-phase new build and refurbishment scheme located in the heart of Newry Town Centre.
The new building was constructed with a link building between two existing wings having first demolished the old link building.
Key features and benefits:
- The Phase 1 works involved a newly built 16-classroom wing including a gymnasium, link walkway and plant room.
- Phase 2 was the construction of a new 8-classroom science wing. The works included the demolition of the existing wing and the construction of the new block which linked 2 existing buildings.
- On completion of this phase the school staff decanted into the new accommodation to enable the phase 3 works to commence.
- The phase 3 works were located in the 1960s block and consisted of the demolition of part of the existing art and home economics suites, with a refurbishment of the existing languages, arts class rooms and sports hall.
- Phase 3 was technically more challenging as it consisted of the refurbishment of the complete administrative hub of the college including the existing reception area and library. It also required the reconfiguration of the existing layout to create new general office space, new MLD support spaces, with new office space for the Principal and Vice-Principal.
- As some of these works were based in a ‘live’ building, we prefabricated many elements off-site and delivered in sections to reduce the time on site. This included structural steel portals, ductwork and cable looms, toilet pods etc.
- The key to the success of this project was the early and on-going communications between our team and the college staff to plan the works in a manner which avoided any disruption to the day to day activities of the school.