Monmouth Comprehensive School is one of two schools being procured by Monmouthshire County under the 21st Century Schools Programme.
BHC was awarded the structural steelwork contract by Interserve. The contract involved the supply and fabrication of 794 tonnes of hot rolled structural steelwork over 15 weeks. The site was located adjacent to both a residential and commercial area, bounded by the estate access road and lanes. The site was occupied by the existing Monmouthshire Secondary School and Leisure Centre, with both buildings being occupied throughout the construction of the new schools.
The structure of the school is a three storey braced frame building with Slimflor beams. The vertical columns were located typically within corridors and external facades with the columns being coordinated with the corridor openings and facade solutions. Vertical columns orientated with major axis to align with primary incoming beams. Typically, primary beams were designed as a composite with the precast slabs requiring concrete fill to plank ends and transverse steel was co-ordinated with shear studs.
Before the erection, the structural steelwork received several finishes including Epoxy Zinc Rich Primer/ Buildcoat to a dry film thickness of 75 microns followed by a coating of intumescent paint depending on the location of the steelwork e.g. internal, external and exposure to a swimming pool environment.
BHC utilised their own directly employed steel erecting squad comprising of 1nr Foreman and 3nr Erectors. While on site BHC primarily used 50 tonnes mobile crane and 65ft access platform.