Ollerenshaw House, St Leonards School
St Andrews

Works during the summer recess to allow for a full accommodation block refurbishment for boarding school pupils to a tight but critical ten week programme

The Ollerenshaw boarding house was in poor condition and in need of refurbishment. It is a town centre school facility, and the building is on a narrow busy street with limited access for deliveries and surrounded by other live educational and residential buildings.

The contract works involved the significant demolition of parts of the building - all during the summer recess - which allowed for a full refurbishment in the available but critical ten weeks, with the resident House Master departing for a few of those weeks.

Some internal walls were demolished, new steel beams inserted, new floors formed and some new partitions formed in the ground floor common areas to facilitate a new office, kitchen/common room, lounge and TV/games room. The windows were refurbished to the old and newer parts of the building, in both the common areas and bedrooms.

The new layout was formed as bricklayers and plasterers vacated, allowing the finishing trades to take over. There were some new doors and ironmongery before the new fitments to the kitchen, office, lounge and locker room were carried out. There were new electrical boards and circuits in a new location, with new fire alarms and significant changes to the drainage, water and heating service installations.

A virtually turn-key service with the school was very successful and several extra items of work were carried out within the already tight programme and budget, for a delighted Client and Project Team. The House Master was so delighted that he arranged a barbecue for the workers on one of the last evenings of this very successful project.

Client: St Leonards School
Architect: Oberlanders
Value: £640k