Restoring the Past, Building the Future
Our Lady of Fatima Primary School has been constructed by martin & hamilton and facilitates the amalgamation of two local primary schools, providing learning and support accommodation for six classes.
The 1300sqm single storey school accommodation comprises 6 classrooms, sports hall and changing rooms, catering kitchen, office and support rooms, staff room and fully accessible washroom. Accommodation has been designed to provide flexibility for school uses with moveable partition panels and open, light and accessible spaces. Outdoor facilities have been delivered to provide ample outdoor learning and play for all year groups with covered learning & play area, tarmac, soft play and grass areas along with outdoor play installations.
The contract included all groundworks, hard and soft landscaping including carparking, paved areas, soft play surfacing and traffic management installation.
The design and layout (fully compliant with Dept of Education Handbook & Building Bulletins) has been developed by Hamilton Architects to include a feature stone front façade completed by m&h stonemasons in locally sourced Donegal Blue Slate natural stone along with matching stone viewing portholes on three gables to draw the eye to the attractive rural landscape and link the building to its surroundings. The project achieved the targeted BREEAM Very Good certification with energy efficiency measured and monitored for the design, building and construction delivery.
The project was delivered under the NEC3 contract. The m&h team worked in partnership with the Client, consultant team and supply chain to ensure best outcomes for the end users. Early Warnings included upgrade and modifications to the adjoining Church car park and alteration of the multi-purpose hall during works with AV set-up relocated to better meet end user requirements.
The school is located on a green field site at Ervey Road, Tamnaherin. The new building is situated between Slaughtmanus GAA Club and St Marys RC Church in a rural landscape with nearby residential developments. During construction m&h managed the health & safety risks associated with public in the site vicinity, site access onto a busy rural road and the agricultural land requiring access via the rear of the site. Working considerately with all stakeholders, m&h ensured works impact was minimised to local residents and events.
Social Value delivered as part of the project included the employment of local long term unemployed individuals and apprentices, fundraising for a charity selected by the school staff and sponsoring local sporting teams. Our HSEQ Manager conducted visits to local primary schools to deliver talks on Construction Site Safety and Looking After our Environment which culminated in a Bug Hotel competition run by m&h with etnries displayed and prizes awarded at a Community Cuppa event held at the GAA Club. Working with the neighbouring sports club and church has been a real positive outcome of this project, seeing the whole community benefit from their new school build and building.