Thornleigh Educate Together School, Swords, Co. Dublin.

This project was one of 10 design & build schools tendered in 2012 under the Rapid Build Schools Delivery Programme. Construction commenced on site on 10thJanuary 2011 and the school was substantially completed on 31st August 2011 prior to the start of the 2011/2012 academic year.

Project Details

This project was let on a Design and Build basis as part of the 4th Rapid Build Schools Programme. ABM’s role in the project was as Design Team Lead, Main Contractor and Project Supervisor for the Construction Stage (PSCS).

The responsibilities of ABM in delivering the project were:

  • Contractors Representative.
  • Design and Construction Team Leader.
  • To manage the design team members in the development and co-ordination of rapid build construction techniques and to ensure that the relevant information was available to achieve both the rapid start on site date and to adhere to the fast track programme.
  • Sanctioning of all design decisions to ensure these were solutions which could achieve the rapid build programme.
  • Ensuring that the design development adhered to the procurement and manufacture schedules, in particular the off-site production programme for the Kingspan panellised system used.
  • Responsibility for all on-site construction activities.
  • Responsibility for the management and co-ordination of health and safety matters on-site in our role as PSCS.
  • Responsibility for the delivery of the project to a tight schedule including the commissioning and compliance with Schedule A of the DoES requirements for handover.

This particular school consisted of a 10-classroom primary school covering approximately 1800 sqm of teaching and administration space as per the DoES TGD room schedules.

The success of this Rapid Build Schools project was built around the speed in which the structure was erected and then how quickly the internal finishes could logically commence without jeopardising quality.

To achieve these goals rapid construction techniques were used as well as aggressive methods of programming and co-ordination of the works. These methods were managed by a skilled site team with experience of similar projects.