Two 21st Century Schools: One Site

As part of the 21st Century Schools programme, Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government relocated two primary schools to a single new shared school site. The project used Innovaré’s BBA - accredited i-SIP System of structural insulated panels to deliver an exceptional building.

The decision was made to relocate two primary schools – Rhos Street School and Ysgol Pen Barras – to modern, new facilities on a shared school site at Glasdir in Ruthin. The client, Denbighshire County Council and the Welsh Government required the development to be carried out to BIM Level 2. Innovaré were contracted by Wynne Construction to work with architects Lovelock Mitchell and the £10.5million project has been designed and built utilising BIM level 2 and advanced structural timber technology which will reduced on-going
operational and maintenance costs across the lifecycle of the building.

The two new schools are constructed to BREEAM Excellent standards. Councillor Eryl Williams, Deputy Leader of the Council and Lead Member for Education, said:
“Our preferred option has been to relocate both schools in brand new, state-ofthe-art buildings on the Glasdir site and plans were drawn up and shared with the public at drop-in consultation events. We are committed to providing fit for purpose education facilities for our children and young people.”

Wynne Construction drove the decision to adopt Innovare’s i-SIP System for the superstructure. Working with Innovaré as the preferred supply chain partner achieved a collaborative approach. Innovaré’s technical team were embedded into the project design at the commencement of RIBA stage 3 and were invited into the project common data environment to
access all information and upload relevant data at the agreed exchange points.

The chosen software allowed full integration of the SIP model which ensured a fully co-ordinated model was agreed prior to manufacture, resulting in a clash free environment onsite.
Early collaboration to understand the attributes of Innovare’s expertise in offsite technology combined with BIM level 2 design, meant that the completed construction design was approved nine months prior to the construction start date.

The Innovaré team managed the complex design, manufacture and structural installation. By designing at risk from the initial stage concept, the scheme benefitted from the early intervention of the Innovaré team and their expertise in offsite technology – developing a simple, yet effective solution to meet the challenging design, which has been likened

to a spaceship when viewed from above. The i-SIP System can rapidly deliver a watertight structure by a predictable date and programming and scheduling can be done with certainty because the building structure is manufactured and delivered to a reliable and controllable schedule, allowing fit-out and follow-on trades to be scheduled with complete confidence.

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