Richard Rose Academy Buildings



Location: Cumbria, UK

Client: Kier Construction/Heyrod Construction

Scope: Post tensioning

As part of the Cumbrian Academies Programme, the Richard Rose Central Academy will significantly enhance the learning facilities in the County and transform the educational aspirations of the area. Four new Academies will replace the existing eight traditional schools, in a £90m development that is due for completion in 2011. The Richard Rose Central Academy is valued at £26.3m and is the flagship academy in Cumbria. Situated on the site of one of the two predecessor schools, St Aidan's County High School in Carlisle, the Academy will cater for some 1,500 students.

Structural Systems worked closely with the Design and Build team and the concrete frame contractor Heyrod Construction, to produce an efficient structural design for the floor plate.

BDP in Manchester where both the Architects and the Structural Engineers on the project so the co-ordination was made simpler.

The scheme comprised of three levels, including the roof. Typically a 250mm thick slab was utilised along with some thickening of 275mm, 300 and 325mm to the slab in various areas, to deal with additional plant loads, increased spans and the cantilever to the entrance. The physical length of the school meant that it had to be split down the middle with a movement joint to allow for long term movement.

There was also a requirement for some post tensioned beams which ranged from 800mm wide x 600mm deep to 1200mm wide x 900mm deep.

Structural Systems unique design maximised the performance characteristics of the post tensioning system whilst eliminating any requirement for a bottom mat of reinforcement, which produced significant saving on the reinforcement cost.

Structural Systems is now working with the same design team and frame contractor to develop the next phases, Morton and West Lake Academies.