The original Old Schools building was built in the mid-15th Century and has had many later additions including those by George Gilbert Scott and John Loughborough Pearson.The Grade I listed building is two storeys’ high and has ashlar and ornate facing stonework.
The Old Schools houses the main administrative function of the University of Cambridge. It is surrounded by other historic buildings and colleges including the Senate House, Gonville and Caius, Trinity Hall, Clare and Kings College.
Phases 1 -3 Heating System Improvements & Boiler Replacements.
Replacement of West Range Roof.
We have recently been appointed as lead consultant to project manage the replacement of the West Range roof and also replacement and upgrading of the building’s existing boilers and heating system.
The West Range roof project requires the installation of a substantial scaffold and temporary roof to protect the building during the removal of the existing lead roof.
The lead roof will be reinstated once repairs are completed to the masonry parapets and timber roof structure.
The works coincide with a major project at Clare College, which is on the opposite side of Trinity Lane.
Substantial restrictions on the type of scaffold that can be used for the Old Schools building, require Trinity Lane to be spanned by the scaffold, for the duration of the project.
The building must continue its function for the University and its senior building users, and the noisy works are being programmed around quieter periods of use for the building.
The heating project is running in parallel with the roof project and significant works within the building are to be carried out over out of hours periods to minimise disturbance.
The heating project also requires extensive coordination with Gonville & Caius College, where the building’s boilers are located.
We have previously been appointed as lead consultant project managers for two earlier phases of heating replacement works (over 2 separate years) to the Old Schools building.
The works were required to replace substantial sections of the existing 1920’s heating system and necessitated the removal and reinstatement of the historic stone and timber floors within the building.
The majority of floor voids within the building were contaminated with asbestos and the building, again had to continue its function as the administration centre for the University.
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