BAM confirmed for net zero carbon in operation school in Wigan

BAM has been appointed through the Department for Education’s high value framework to redevelop Fred Longworth High School in Tyldesley, in Wigan, Greater Manchester.

The £24m contract will see BAM create a three-storey teaching block, to be handed over in September 2023. It will be Net Zero Carbon in Operation.

BAM is utilising its in house expertise, taking on architecture, M&E, sustainability and fixtures and fittings responsibility thanks to its integrated capabilities from BAM Design, while Hydrock is providing fire and acoustics, Nexus delivers ICT, and Dally Henderson Landscape.

The second phase involves the demolition of the majority of the existing school and construction of new sports pitches. This part of the project is due to be ready for spring 2024.

Construction issues include BAM creating a new overlay on an existing campus while it remains live, retaining three existing buildings, placing emphasis on intelligent sequencing. The scheme builds on the DfE’s new approach to sustainability, further developing innovation and methods from the initial pathfinder projects. Works include diverting a main sewer running across the site and posing a critical constraint.

Restricted access means BAM will develop carefully co-ordinated traffic access and logistics plans and it has already taken steps to reduce deliveries and thus carbon emissions by increasing storage solutions on site.

A major part of the works includes dealing with matters in the ground including contamination, and new services and drainage are required. Trees will also be protected. Fred Longworth is one of four Wigan schools earmarked for redevelopment under the DfE’s £1bn School Rebuilding Programme.