On behalf of Esteem and Hull City Council, Houlton delivered the design and construction of a second-floor expansion to create science laboratories and art studios at Kelvin Hall School in Hull.
The original facility was constructed as part of the Building Schools for the Future Programme of works and became operational at Easter of 2012.
The project derived from a need to increase the capacity of Kelvin Hall School by providing additional dining space, SEN student support classrooms, one-to-one and group meeting rooms. In addition to general teaching classrooms, ICT spaces, technology and break out areas.
The project consists of a dining hall extension and a large infill to an existing rooftop terrace to create additional teaching spaces that will be in keeping with the original school’s design and external appearance.
As the school remained live during the works ensuring the safety of everyone was paramount. The erection of the rooftop extension was technically challenging and required detailed management of the construction process to prevent disruption to the school’s activities. The Houlton team, the school, Esteem and Hull City Council monitored the works closely to ensure the construction process was carried out without major disruption to the school or local residents.
The enabling works undertaken during the 2019 summer period consisting of the conversion of class spaces to new science areas to allow the main construction works to commence. The dining block drainage diversion works and pile mat were then installed allowing this to be utilised as a crane lifting area for the erection of the rooftop steel frame. The scheme’s completion was in two phases with the Dining Hall and 1st Floor on 4th September 2020 followed by the 2nd Floor on the 18th September 2020.
It was successfully handed over by Hull City Council to the Yorkshire and Humber Co-operative Learning Trust, which runs the academy.