Formby High School


Client Formby High School
Design Team Harrison Stringfellow Architects (Architect)
Quantum GN (Quantity Surveyor)
Services Buildings

Following an increase in student intake, Formby High School required a classroom extension within a very short time frame. A contemporary infill extension was proposed comprising a raised lantern roof formed with an exposed glulam structure and clad in poly carbonate translucent cladding. An accelerated design and build programme within the constraints of a very tight construction budget had to be overcome.

We undertook structural design of the substructure and superstructure including working with our partners to undertake ground investigations. The structure comprises a glulam braced frame roof lantern supported on simple steel beams at lower roof level. The external walls are formed with traditional cavity wall construction supported on shallow bearing foundations. Design was predominantly undertaken in a 3-week period. To enable an accelerated build programme careful selection of readily available section sizes and careful detailing of connections to omit proprietary components was undertaken. Early design decisions were made in a collaborative design workshop enabling a very short design period.