St Mary’s National School, Enfield, Co Meath

The design and build consortium planned a fast-track on-site construction duration of 32 weeks.  With an area of 1556 sq m and 8 no. classrooms, this was one of four school new-build contracts awarded to ABM by the Department of Education and Skills Rapid Build Programme.

Project Details

In July 2013, the Department of Education and Skills prioritised funding to facilitate the construction of schools in rapidly developing areas such as Enfield, Co. Meath.  St Mary’s school, Enfield original build was completed 2012 and the programme was tendered on a design and build basis for the new 8 classroom extension with GP hall. It was intended that the school would be operational by the start of the school term in September 2014/15. The timescale was designed to allow an appropriate period in which a planning decision could be made while facilitating a proposed commencement date of December 2013. Construction of the school was completed within a 32-week programme.

  • Contractors Representative
  • Design and Construction team leader.
  • To manage the design team members in the development and co-ordination of rapid build construction techniques and to ensure that the relevant information was available to achieve both the rapid start on site date and to adhere to the fast track programme.
  • Sanctioning of all design decisions to ensure these were solutions which could achieve the rapid build programme.
  • Ensuring that the design development adhered to the procurement and manufacture schedules, in particular the off-site production programme for the Kingspan panellised system used.
  • Responsibility for all on-site construction activities.
  • Responsibility for the management and co-ordination of health and safety matters on-site in our role as PSCS.
  • Responsibility for the delivery of the project to a tight schedule including the commissioning and compliance with Schedule A of the DoES requirements for handover

This particular school consisted of a 8-classroom primary school extension covering approximately 1556 sqm of teaching and administration space as per the DoES TGD room schedules.

The success of this Rapid Build Schools project was built around the speed in which the structure was erected and then how quickly the internal finishes could logically commence without jeopardising quality.

To achieve these goals rapid construction techniques were used as well as aggressive methods of programming and co-ordination of the works. These methods were managed by a skilled site team with experience of similar projects.