The replacement teaching building for Ash Green School, Coventry was constructed as the existing building was deemed unsuitable for use.
Ridge was working with Creative Education Trust (a multi-Academy Trust) on another project at Ash Green School when an existing building on the site suffered a structural failure. This building contained ten teaching spaces which were vital to the curriculum and therefore had to be replaced. Ultimately the building was condemned.
Ridge supported the school in acquiring urgent approval for temporary facilities which had to be installed during the summer break to allow the school to reopen in September. We initially sought the required Planning consents and assisted the school with the procurement of temporary classrooms and associated utility services.
As the project proceeded, Ridge aided the school in letting the required demolition contracts to remove the condemned building. We also assisted with an application to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) for funding to replace the failed building with a new two-storey teaching block. Ridge was subsequently appointed to design and procure the new building through an established ESFA framework route.
Traditional pads and strip footings were chosen as the most suitable foundation solution in stiff clay ground conditions. The presence of a dominant tree line near to the building also meant protection measures were needed to be incorporated in the design.
Area of school accommodation provided
As programme was a key project driver, elements of off-site construction were utilised in design