For close on 20 years, Vaughan Engineering have been delivering mechanical and electrical solutions to schools and further education establishments across the country. Each has been a learning experience and we have applied the knowledge acquired to the design, procurement and construction phases of subsequent education buildings and to the development of sustainable, cost-effective solutions, which maximise value for educators, students and children, alike.
We aim to provide a safe, secure and comfortable environment for children experiencing life outside the home for the first time and throughout the early learning process, and to contribute to the provision of stimulating areas for play and learning.
In 2008, 2009 and 2010, we delivered mechanical and electrical services to primary and secondary schools in Dumfries & Galloway, including the 'live' refurbishment and extension of Stranraer Academy, enabling the Council to relocate twelve existing schools to new facilities.
As part of a Project Partnering Contract, we were invited to design and build twelve new primary schools under South Lanarkshire Council's schools renewals scheme, which was followed by two further primary schools, which formed part of South Lanarkshire Council's Primary School Framework - set up to replace or renew all of South Lanarkshire's primary schools.
Calderbridge Primary School and Greenhill-Drumpark Primary Schools were carried out as part of North Lanarkshire Schools and Centres 21 Framework. The former comprised the construction of a school for 350 pupils, a nursery for 70 children and an integrated community facility, while the latter created a learning campus for 280 pupils.
2012 saw the completion of the purpose-built Maplewood Special Educational Needs School for Sunderland City Council, which is capable of supporting around 70 pupils on part of the former site of Quarry View Primary School. The building has seven classrooms, a main hall with separate dining space, ICT suite, library, specialist technology and social skill areas. In addition, there are specialist hygiene and therapy spaces, a parent's room, new staff facilities and storage areas. Other features include a multi-use games area, landscaped outside spaces including a wildlife habitat area, new vehicular access facilities and car parking. The building environment is serviced by a fully ventilated and heated services solution, incorporating a naturally ventilated philosophy.
A wind turbine installation is a central feature of Barley Mow Primary School, Chester-Le-Street, constructed in 2011 for Gateshead Council. The turbines are linked to a display screen in one of the group spaces, to assist children to learn about renewable energy. The school is heated by under floor heating and the building services are controlled by a BMs system , which is linked to a central monitoring station at the Council s headquarters.
Upgrading and replacement of the existing services installation at Trinity Dean View School, for Newcastle City Council, involved complex phasing and partial handover of the facility in close liaison with the school s head teacher. Interruption of the building environmental services was effected without disrupting the pupils day-to-day activities.
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Recognising the need to deliver flexible and adaptable environments, suited to the demands of modern education strategies, we seek to stay abreast of the latest education technologies and learning practices, in order to provide designs that present appropriate learning and skills development for the 21st century.
Building on our experience gained in Dumfries & Galloway, Vaughan joined the construction team delivering three schools as part of a PFI contract for South Ayrshire Council. The projects involved two academies at Belmont and Prestwick and a primary school in Alloway.
Coltness High School was the first of the projects awarded as part of North Lanarkshire Council Schools and Centres 21 Framework, involving the design and construction of an extension and remodelling of the existing operational 850 pupil School. The new facility provides new Science, Technical, Home Economics and Business Studies Classrooms, new Games Halls and Changing Block, Kitchen, General Classrooms and Dining Area, while the existing Assembly Hall was refurbished. Part of the Teaching Block was stripped out to the basic structure and re-constructed to create a modern teaching environment.
Port Glasgow Shared Campus, will accommodate pupils from two existing schools and two Additional Support Needs Schools in Inverclyde. While these main elements have their own identities, shared facilities comprise a Sports Block and Pitches, Music, Performance Arts and Assembly, an Arts, Science and Technology Block and an Enterprise Centre. These latter facilities will be available for community use.
In 2012, Vaughan Engineering undertook the design, installation and commissioning of the complete building engineering services package at the new-build South Shields Community School. South Shields Community School is part of the South Tyneside & Gateshead (STaG) Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme and was the 6th school of a planned 13. This secondary school, with a business and enterprise specialism, benefits from new-build accommodation consisting of four 2-storey blocks located off an 85m long double-height glazed street. The innovative design combines modern and organic elements that reflect both the school’s specialism and its greenbelt location. In addition to the provision of tailored education facilities, the school provides for community use. The STaG BSF is being delivered through a partnership between the LEP, inspiredspaces, South Tyneside and Gateshead Councils and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
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Learning environments of the highest quality, providing enhanced facilities, are required to meet the needs of students who range from school leavers, studying for academic or vocational qualifications, to adult learners, while continuing to offer value for money. Vaughan Engineering have been involved in several faculty buildings across the country, working closely with estates teams to ensure the delivery of stakeholder aspirations.
The University of Edinburgh’s five storey Adam Ferguson Building was refurbished to form a new business school, where the works not only involved the renewal of the mechanical services installation, but also the provision of a new sixth floor and pavilion extension. The business school incorporates lecture halls, kitchens, consultation offices and student accommodation.
Vaughan Engineering undertook the installation of the mechanical and electrical services within the award winning Small Animal Hospital for the University of Glasgow's Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. The Small Animal Hospital provides state-of-the-art services for animal owners and referring practitioners. The project was awarded the '2009 RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Best Building in Scotland' and we are delighted to have contributed to this success.
A striking hothouse forms the focal point of the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, based at the High School Yards, where the old High School was remodelled and refurbished to deliver innovation suites, lecture theatres, seminar rooms and exhibition and social areas. The Centre is hosted by the University of Edinburgh, in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University.
The Centre for Integrative Physiology, part of the School of Biomedical Sciences, is located within Edinburgh University’s Hugh Robson Building, which was refurbished and fitted out to an exceptionally high standard. This was a highly complex project, covering multiple end designs, involving a 65-seater teaching room, standard laboratories and support offices and the creation of a specialist ACDP Containment Level 3 Infection Control Laboratory and an extensive biomedical research facility. The latter two were subject to the most intensive scrutiny by external legislative bodies, The Health & Safety Executive and The Home Office Compromise on quality and finish was not an option as it could jeopardise the issue of certification.
The Rye Hill Campus of Newcastle College was extended to house a new 11,000 square metre facility for A and AS level students. The building has four stories above ground and a partial subterranean level is designed to house 1,600 6th form students and up to 200 teaching staff. The building houses science laboratories, a lecture theatre, ICT and fine arts suites.
Situated on the Westlakes Science & Technology Park in West Cumbria, The Dalton Cumbrian Facility is a state-of-the-art research base of The University of Manchester's Dalton Nuclear Institute, specifically designed as a national user facility. It provides academia and industry with the opportunity to carry out high-end research in radiation science and nuclear engineering decommissioning. The integrity of the services installation was subject to intense scrutiny.
In 2013, we were invited to carry out the removal and replacement of redundant air conditioning equipment at the University of Strathclyde’s Curran Building, where we supplied, installed and commissioned new free-cooling water chillers and associated computer room close control and air conditioning units to serve the University’s finance department.
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