Writhlington School Fire Damage

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Writhlington School had been recently refurbished when a fire decimated the main hall and surrounding classrooms. The Fire Brigade identified the cause of the fire as arson, thought to be by one of the pupils. BJP were called in to carry out an insurance assessment of the damage caused by fire and smoke. The school asked BJP to redesign the M&E services for the refurbishment works.

As part of the redesign the school wanted to change the old hall into two separate studios, which could be hired out by community groups for dance lessons and keep fit classes. The old hall had used natural ventilation through mechanical louvres. The new space was to be cooled and mechanically ventilated, but the budget for the works could not go above the insurance assessment value of the previous job. This required very careful planning of the design and budget.

Throughout the refurbishment works there were many unknown factors. The contractor discovered old services that were not shown on record drawings. Smoke damage to electrical cables had permeated many parts of the building that were far away from the source of the fire. BJP worked in unison with the contractor, visiting site on a regular basis to ensure that the works were progressing and to answer any queries that arose.

The works were completed on budget and to a strict timescale, creating a completely new part of the school from the old building structure.

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