Work has begun at a cost of £6.5 million to build a new sixth form centre as part of the Garth Hill College in Bracknell, the largest school in the Borough. Designed to take on nearly 2,000 pupils by September 2015, the expansion plans will take an additional 350 pupils.

Previous experience within the education sector, Western Build won the contract to deliver the new standalone Sixth Form building. The contract covers the design, development and completion, construction, fitting-out and commissioning of the new building with all associated services and external works. Features include a large atrium space with walkways and bridges, with a modular build system to meet the tight 4 month programme.

Schools-Out-For-New-Sixth-Form-College Ultra Surefire were chosen to work with Western Build, “Delivering major schools projects ahead of schedule, we carefully select our supply partners. Ultra Surefire met our stringent quality control systems for our Garth Hill College project, and their professional design and co-ordination of works has ensured that all services can be installed into very tight void spaces” explains Ciaran Ohagan, Quantity Surveyor at Western Build.

A modular designed system, the timber framed classrooms were delivered pre-assembled and installed to the steel frame structure on site. “The level of sound proofing between floors has led to tight void spaces for services such as sprinkler pipework which has been a challenge. By working with the other service providers and carefully planning pipework layouts, our team has overcome this challenge” Gary Kirkwood, Project Manager Ultra Surefire said.

Completely separate from the main Garth Hill College, the new Sixth Form Centre will be protected with its own sprinkler system, housing a tank and pump solution. Common areas, class rooms, corridors and the changing rooms will all be protected by the new sprinkler system, which will be commissioned and certificated to Ultra Surefire’s LPS1048 approval.